Nearly two years after the gift ban went into effect the state still has not begun random audits to make sure that lobbying firms are correctly reporting what they get paid. And it does not look like that will change soon.
The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee on Monday shot down proposed guidelines on how the state would hire auditors to make sure lobbying firms are complying with the compensation reporting requirements that were part of the gift ban.
Sen. Ronda Storms, the Brandon Republican who followed Tom Lee, the prime sponsor of the reporting requirement questioned the need for audits.
"This seems like a colossal waste of time and energy," said Storms after hearing it could cost as much as $1 million to hire the firms to do the audits.
The committee voted 5 to 2 to reject the guidelines.