ID badges for lobbyists?

Massachusetts house proposed rule for lobbyist to wear ID badges hits heavy resistance from John Binienda, Democratic Rep., chairman of the House Rules Committee. He said “Hitler during the concentration camps tattooed all of the Jewish people so he would know who was Jew and who wasn’t and that’s something that I just don’t go along with.” This statement has brought even more controversy resulting Binienda do apologize later saying: “No comparison can be made between the Nazi regime and a rules proposal made by members in good faith. I apologize to the sponsors as well as the people of Massachusetts for my words and look forward to working with the sponsors on these proposals.”
Nevertheless the chairman still stronly opposes the bill. Bill itself, sponsored by Republicans as a part of ethics reform is expected to bring more transparency into the legislation process by among other ideas forcing lobbyists to wear ID badges while vising the House.
ID badge for lobbyist idea is not new in legislative world. Several states already require wearing ID badge by lobbyist while many other strongy encourage it. ID badges can be obtained online with private vendor or issued by state agencies depending on the state. Discussion on the new rule for Massachusetts will resume after the holiday long weekend.

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