June 4, 2019 •
Appellate Court Upholds Kentucky Ban of Gifts and Money to Lawmakers
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a state ethics law that bans Kentucky lawmakers from accepting gifts or campaign contributions from lobbyists.
Additionally, the ethics law bans lawmakers from accepting “anything of value” from a lobbyist.
The ruling reversed a June 2017 ruling by U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman that struck down the ethics law as too vague and overly broad.
However, the appeals court found no constitutional problem with the limits on gifts and campaign contributions.
The found the laws are closely drawn to further Kentucky’s anti-corruption interest and pass constitutional muster.
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