Some Lobbyists Re-file After KUNR Investigation, Others Being Scrutinized
(Note: Click here for KUNR's original investigative report on this issue.) Lobbyists are required to disclose business relationships they or their clients have with lawmakers. Our investigation found 28 lobbyists had business connections, but that only one-fourth disclosed them on their registration forms. Since our investigation began, all nine lobbyists who work at the same law firm as Senator Greg Brower have amended their registrations. Brower says his colleagues filed before he was appointed to his Senate seat nearly three months ago. According to Nevada law, they were supposed to amend their forms within five days of any changes. One other lobbyist for the plumbers and pipefitters union re-filed to show his connection to his co-worker Assemblyman Richard Carrillo. He had named the union, but not Carrillo on his form. Other lobbyists are defending their original forms saying their business relationships aren't direct enough to qualify for disclosure. The Legislative Counsel Bureau is seeking an opinion from its legal division on those cases.