Ethics Bill Introduced in Kentucky - State and Federal Communications

January 13, 2014  •  

Ethics Bill Introduced in Kentucky


Kentucky could see updates to its legislative ethics code this session.

House Bill 3 would amend the state ethics code to include recommendations of the Legislative Ethics Commission, including:

  • Establishing a “no cup of coffee” rule for gifts from lobbyists and employers to legislators;
  • Creating a prohibition on lobbyists and employers paying for out-of-state travel for legislators;
  • Including employers of legislative and executive branch lobbyists in the prohibition on campaign contributions during a regular legislative session;
  • Requiring the reporting of advertising costs for advertising supporting or opposing legislation; and
  • Including legislative candidates in the lobbyist gift prohibition.

The Legislative Ethics Commission has included those recommendations for a number of years in its report to the Legislative Research Commission. The existing ethics law was enacted in 1993.


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