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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