Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lobbyists, Officials Head To Arizona Golf Course

From NewsRadio 1000 KTOK ~ While the State House and State Senate adjourn a day early, some legislators are complaining it's meant to help a handful of legislators so they can take a Tucson, Arizona golf trip along with lobbyists Jim Dunlap and Pat Hall.

State Representative Mike Reynolds questions the trip. "We haven't had any budget bills on the floor of the house yet and Thursday is supposed to be the last day to hear Senate bills in the House--that's a hard deadline."

The issue was raised late Tuesday night on the House floor by Representative Randy Terrill.

Asked about the trip, lobbyist Jim Dunlap told KTOK's Calvin Wright, "Is anybody going on vacation? Are you going on vacation this weekend? Well, are you going home and rest in the yard? That's what we're gonna do."

He explained the six State Senators, two State Representatives and a few other elected officials will pay their own way to the outing in Arizona.

"It's whether I go home to my house or go to my local country's my's their weekend. I hope you don't run it."

Representative Reynolds suggests the legislators are turning the trip into one for ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council so they don't have to report any campaign contributions. ALEC has a spring Task Force summit but it's in Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend.

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