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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2005 11:15 am | Updated: 7:26 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A retired Mesa resident and sometimes political activist wants to put at least some lobbyists out of business.

Kenneth J. Bond wants voters to approve a state law that would make it illegal to use taxpayer funds to lobby the Legislature. The measure also would bar any state agency — and even local governments — from sending someone to the state Capitol with the specific intent of trying to influence lawmakers.

Bond needs 122,612 valid signatures by July 6, 2006, to put the issue on the November ballot that year.

The problem, Bond said, is that letting state agencies try to pass or kill legislation interferes with the separation of powers. The losers, he said, are individuals who may want a different outcome — individuals who, as taxpayers, are picking up the tab for someone to lobby against their interests.

"Whenever you have people that are employed (or) elected by the government come in on government time and advocate for or against something, what you’re doing is having the taxpayers pay for that advocacy,’’ he said. "It is not right for individuals to pay for something they may not be in favor of.’’

Bond’s proposal exempts any actions that would interfere with the constitutional duties of the governor or the Supreme Court, the other two branches of government.

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