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Larry Liston’s Lexus Lanes for Lobbyists

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

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I never thought of the ever-amiable Rep. Larry Liston as a particular friend of the lobbyists who helpfully swarm the state Capitol when the legislature is in session, but he’s asking his colleagues to extend them a hand.
He’s introduced a bill (HB 1092), which, according to a summary posted on the legislature’s website “authorizes security personnel at the state capitol building, including the Colorado state patrol, to allow a lobbyist with a lobbyist identification card to enter the capitol building without submitting to a search of his or her person or property by security personnel, electronic weapons screening devices, or other means.”
Larry, you’re a nice guy, and most of the lobbyists I know are fine folks – but have you thought this over?
Suppose you get a text message from a lobbyist as a bill approaches passage, reminding you that he/she is watching, armed and ready to take immediate action unless you change your vote right now! Maybe she’s joking – but on the other hand, unsearched, possibly armed lobbyists might enliven the dull days ahead at the Capitol.
No more boring debates – just shoot-outs between AARP gunsels and their counterparts in the insurance industry. Now I understand – you’re just trying to bring back Colorado’s colorful history!

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Dick Burns Says:

    Next, we should extend the same privilege to airport passengers who don’t like to be frisked in line while TSA scours their personal carry-on luggage. $100 for an annual pass into the Capitol building? Why not do away with the onerous requirement in the first place, Larry? Bring back the pre-Ritter days when regular folks could enter the legislature to watch the people’s business conducted in plain view of the public. Is that too much to ask?

  2. Wilfred E Tessier Jr Says:

    Passes for lobbyists are OK with me–if it costs them $1,000 per visit. Actually, my feelings about lobbyists and politicians is as follows:
    All lobbyists should observe a 5000 mile no lobbying zone with respect to any government site or person. Politicians who must listen to lobbyists to decide how they should vote are not listening to their constituants, consequently, we don’t need them representing us.