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Senators tackle definition of "lobbyist"

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - On session floor today lawmakers took up discussion on Bill 383. The measure, introduced by Senator Rory Respicio, would clarify who is a lobbyist and what exactly is considered lobbying. The bill was introduced in part because of the increased economic activity that will be brought on as a result of the military buildup.

The legislation mandates that the identity of those paying for the passage or defeat of legislation be made public as well as how much was paid. Guam has paid its fair share to lobbyists - the Superior Court of Guam in 2002 paid close to a half-million dollars to the infamous superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, who now is serving a federal sentence.

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