Sen. Haven Barlow, R-Layton, received positive reaction Thursday from a joint Republican and Democratic caucus to his suggestion that legislative rules be changed to require lawmakers to report if any registered lobbyist spends more than $250 on a legislator in a year's time. If more than $250 is spent, then the legislator would list the expenditure in a written, public report to the Senate president or House speaker.
"I've been here 30 years, and I can't remember a time anyone provided anything over $250," said Barlow. He was once offered a trip, which would have cost more than $250. But he declined to go.Sen. Alarik Myrin, R-Altamont, suggested that rules also be changed to prohibit a legislator from working as a paid lobbyist, a practice not being done now but which has occurred in the past.