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Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin signed a revenue bill including changes for executive agency lobbyists. House Bill 80 contains a provision increasing the registration fee for lobbying executive agencies from $125 to $500 beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, […]

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A bill to double contribution limits died in the Senate as the 2016 legislative session came to a close. The session adjourned Friday, April 15, 2016. House Bill 147 would have raised contribution limits to $2,000 to state candidates and […]

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Just days after Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed a bill to raise the executive agency lobbyist registration fee, proponents of the increase will have another bite at the apple. Lawmakers came to an agreement on the state budget in the earlier […]

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Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed a bill to increase the executive branch lobbyist registration fee. House Bill 423, a state revenue bill, would have increased the fee from $125 to $275. Katie Gabhart, executive director of the Executive Branch Ethics […]

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Lawmakers have agreed to push the final day of the 2016 legislative session from April 12 to April 15 so they can continue working out a deal on the state’s budget. The change was made to avoid a costly special […]

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The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF) cannot enforce the state’s constitutional prohibition on corporate contributions, according to a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove concluded the rule to be a violation of the Equal Protection Clause […]

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A bill permitting the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to regulate the lobbyist registration fee has passed in committee. The State Government Committee approved House Bill 608, paving the way towards allowing the commission to set the amount executive branch lobbyists […]

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State Republicans are celebrating a victory today following a successful gubernatorial election. Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman and favorite among Tea Party members, was elected governor, defeating Democrat and current Attorney General Jack Conway. This is an unusual change in […]

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Lobbyists and legislators may be violating new ethics laws according to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. An advisory opinion recently published by the commission addresses the practice of lawmakers giving fundraising appeals to lobbyists who likely pass them on to […]

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State Sen. John Schickel filed a federal lawsuit against the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and the Legislative Ethics Board aimed at eliminating the state’s campaign contribution limits. The suit claims the $1,000 limit to individual candidates and the ban […]

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John Steffen, executive director of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, is stepping down to become the director of the Registry of Election Finance. Steffen will replace Sarah Jackson who retired last fall. The transition will take place in May and […]

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Anthony Wilhoit, Executive Director of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, announced he will retire from the post this spring. Wilhoit, who has held the position since 1997, will step down once the nine-member independent commission selects a new director. In […]

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The executive director of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance is stepping down. Sarah Jackson, who has held the position since 1999, announced her retirement effective November 1. During her tenure, Jackson expanded the state’s electronic campaign finance reporting program […]

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New restrictions on legislative lobbying expenditures take effect Monday, July 14, 2014. House Bill 28 includes a “no cup of coffee rule” to eliminate the gift exception allowing legislative lobbyists to spend $100 on food and beverage for a legislator. […]

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