Proposal would keep an eye on legislative lobbying

After running a presidential campaign largely based on transparency and anti-corruption, leaders from the party of President Luis Guillermo Solís are now calling for political lobbying activities to be public.

Ottón Solís Fallas, current legislator and founding member of Partido Acción Ciudadana, issued a proposal to the Asamblea Legislativa Tuesday that aims for greater transparency on political lobbying. Specifically, it states that public officials will have to publicize their meeting schedule with any prospective partners or visitors.

“Access to elected representatives and public servants is a civil right,” Solís said. “However,

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lobbying is a fertile ground on which influencing and conflicts of interest arise.”

The proposal suggests that the system will work through a technological database that closely keeps track of who politicians meet and when, as well as the contents of what was discussed. Fellow party representatives have also signed the proposal in hopes of restoring some inherent cornerstones of democracy and the Constitution, according to a statement issued by Acción Ciudadana.

“The bill does not prohibit nor restrict lobbying,” Solís said. “On the contrary, it provides it more legitimacy with the public and the press having the ability to review the work of public servants.
The proposal is labeled as No. 19.251.

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