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Coastal chief's ouster prompts bill to require transparency between lobbyists and panel

Coastal chief's ouster prompts bill to require transparency between lobbyists and panel

Reacting to the dismissal of the California Coastal Commission's executive director, Assembly members on Friday said they plan to introduce legislation to require people who lobby the commission to register with the state and disclose their clients with business pending before the powerful land-use agency.

Assemblyman Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) say the measure would close a loophole in the government code that exempts lobbyists on the commission level from reporting details of their activities to the public.

"They don't have to make the same disclosures as those who lobby other state agencies," Stone said....

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