Kentucky pay to play and lobbyist rules news

What’s new in Kentucky on the ethics and lobbying front?  How about pay to play restrictions and lobbyist rules?

Kentucky’s Senate this week passed an ethics-reform bill aimed at preventing the cozy monetary relationship some state contractors and special-interest lobbyists could develop with some elected officials.

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Lobbyists, meanwhile, would also face added restrictions. While they are currently limited to giving $25 in gifts annually to public officials, SB 82 would extend that limit to state agencies. In addition, lobbyist registration fees will change. Currently, a business that employs a lobbyist or multiple lobbyists pays a $125 flat fee. Under the new law, it would pay $125 per lobbyist, an increase that will help cover the costs of increased ethics oversight.

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