"In meetings with folks across Eastern Kansas, and in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, I have heard story after story of federal regulators abusing their power," she said Wednesday. "The Citizen Empowerment Act will ensure all Americans are aware of their rights, give individuals a new tool to fight back, and allow citizens to protect themselves or their businesses when a government official comes calling."
The bill would apply to any federal workers conducting an audit, inspection or other interaction with people related to possible violations of federal law or regulation, for which a fine or some other penalty may be imposed. In those cases, federal workers "shall allow such individual to make an audio recording of such in-person or telephonic interaction."
Jenkins introduced the bill with Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is expected to introduce a companion bill in the Senate.