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Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, holds a news conference Tuesday at the Capitol, along with supporters, to promote his bill calling for zero tolerance for driving under the influence of drugs.

The Buzz: FPPC seeks fine against former Sierra Club lobbyist

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

FPPC seeks fine against former Sierra Club lobbyist

The Fair Political Practices Commission has proposed fining a former Sierra Club lobbyist $24,500 for failing to file quarterly disclosure reports for nearly two years.

Michael Endicott, a contract lobbyist based in San Francisco, did not file seven required reports to the secretary of state from October of 2010 to June of 2012, according to the FPPC's case against him. Lobbyists are required to report how much they are paid by those employing them and disclose which legislation or agencies they lobbied.

When lobbyists fail to file, the agency wrote, "the public is deprived of important and timely information regarding the amounts and nature of lobbying activity."

The fine amounts to $3,500 for each report not filed, at the high end of the range for similar offenses. FPPC staff wrote that they recommend a steep fine because Endicott "recently received a warning letter for the same violation of the Act, did not cooperate with the investigation, and, to date, has refused to file the delinquent reports."

Endicott did not return calls from The Bee seeking comment.

BILL WATCH

Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, has a bill to make it easier for prosecutors to convict people for driving under the influence of drugs. Senate Bill 289 makes it a crime for anyone to drive if their system contains any detectable amount of drugs including marijuana, amphetamines, ster- oids and tranquilizers. Medical marijuana and Class V, such as Tylenol with codeine, would be exempt.

WORTH REPEATING

"I really don't have any explanation for that."

KEVIN FUJITANI, Department of Finance accounting official, responding to a lawmaker's question about why his department did not follow up on a known state parks fund discrepancy a decade ago

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