Jenkins believes Canyons School District, which broke away from Jordan in 2009, is the only district that hires lobbyists. "I'm trying to stop this before it gets fashionable," he said.
But Canyons does not have any contract lobbyists, said district spokeswoman Jennifer Toomer-Cook.
"We comply with the law now and, should the bill pass, we will comply with the law in the future," she said.
The district has a full-time director of government relations, who also serves as chief of staff, earning $124,000 a year. Plus, Canyons has two, part-time government-relations specialists on district payroll, Michael Zuhl and Jordan Garn. According to a state database, both also are registered lobbyists who represent Canyons and several other public agencies and corporations.
At Canyons, Zuhl earned $25,000 last year and Garn earned $12,000, according to public records.
"They're not contract people, they are part-time employees," Toomer-Cook said. "This allows our CEO [Superintendent David Doty] to stay at the district and we send those employees to provide information [to the Legislature] or to other governmental entities."
About the bill
SB123 • Would prohibit schools, districts and charter schools from hiring lobbyists as independent contractors.