Ohio County WV delegate Fluharty sponsors lobbyist bill


A Wheeling, WV lawmaker has introduced a bill in the House of Delegates that would make it illegal for political party chairmen to serve as lobbyists.

The goal of a lobbyist is to attempt to influence decisions made by officials in government.

Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, was among the bill’s co-sponsors, and he said the bill is important because it would help keep government accountable.

“We want transparency in government; I think everyone can agree with that,” he said. “At the same time, we don’t need the head coach of the team — that being the party chairman of the Democratic or Republican party, also serving as a player.

“So, essentially, you’ve got to decide what you want to do. Do you want to be a player and serve in the Legislature, or do you want to be the head coach? You can’t do both.”

As the bill is currently written, current party chairmen would be “grandfathered in,” and allowed to continue to serve as lobbyists.

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