Final approval for Indiana ethics rules

New ethics rules and lobbying regulations moved closer to passage in Indiana, according to this report.

The Senate removed so-called “pay-to-play” language that would have barred vendors holding or seeking state contracts worth $100,000 or more per year from donating to the campaigns of candidates seeking state office. The Senate also added language that would require university liaisons to the General Assembly to register as lobbyists and bar statewide elected officials from using tax dollars for ads that mention themselves by name.

A key provision in Bauer’s bill that the Senate kept would require lobbyists to report conflicts of interest involving more than one of their clients and how the lobbyists would resolve those conflicts.

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