lobbyists http://www.kplu.org en Lobbyist-Paid Meals Legislation Appears To Die In Washington Statehouse http://www.kplu.org/post/lobbyist-paid-meals-legislation-appears-die-washington-statehouse <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It looks like Washington lawmakers may adjourn their 60-day legislative session without addressing the issue of lobbyist-paid entertainment. Free meals for lawmakers became an issue last year after <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/influence-game-lobbyists-wine-dine-lawmakers-after-hours">we reported </a>on several state senators who regularly allowed lobbyists to pick up the tab.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:31:56 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14661 at http://www.kplu.org Lobbyist-Paid Meals Legislation Appears To Die In Washington Statehouse In Wash. State, Private Lobbyists Get Public Pension http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-and-elsewhere-private-lobbyists-get-public-pension <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">As a lobbyist in New York's statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor makes, gets a Ford Explorer as his company car and is afforded another special perk:</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Even though he's not a government employee, he is entitled to a full state pension.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">He's among hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states, including Washington state, who get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards, an Associated Press review found. Legislatures granted them access decades ago on the premise that they serve governments and the public. In many cases, such access also includes state health care benefits.</p><p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:37:41 +0000 Michael Gormley 9751 at http://www.kplu.org In Wash. State, Private Lobbyists Get Public Pension