00RS HB510


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HB 510 (BR 1738) - J. Wayne

     AN ACT relating to the executive branch code of ethics.
     Amend KRS 11A.010 to specify that the definition of "gift" does not include gifts from family members, campaign contributions, or door prizes available to the public; define "directly involved"; amend KRS 11A.045 to prohibit acceptance of any gifts, including travel expenses, meals, alcoholic beverages, and honoraria, totaling a value greater than $25 in a calendar year from any person or business involved in certain listed relationships with the agency in which the public servant is employed or which he supervises; exempt gifts from family members; allow the commission to authorize exceptions to the gift prohibition if the exemption would not create an appearance of impropriety; delete list of named exempted items; amend KRS 11A.050 to require financial disclosure only for the portion of the calendar year that the employee actually worked; require filing within 30 days; require disclosure of gross income exceeding $500 from any one source to the filer, his spouse, or dependent child; make various clarifications, additions, and qualifications regarding items to be disclosed; create a new section of KRS Chapter 11A to direct that an agency directed by statute to adopt its own code of ethics be exempt from the executive branch ethics code upon the effective date of the adoption in statutes or administrative regulations; amend KRS 11A.060 to require that the members of the commission be appointed, on a rotating basis, by the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Auditor of Public Accounts, beginning with the Governor; amend KRS 11A.080 to permit the commission to inform a state agency who had referred a matter for investigation of the status of any preliminary investigation and of any action taken; amend KRS 11A.100 to increase the civil penalty the commission may impose from $2,000 to $5,000; amend KRS 11A.990 to allow the penalty of salary withholding for not filing a statement of financial disclosure to be recoverable, rather than unrecoverable, upon the filing of the statement.


     HCS - Retain original provisions except delete requirement for Governor, Attorney General, and Auditor of Public Accounts to appoint commission members on a rotating basis; require disclosure of gross income exceeding $1,000, rather than $500, from any one source; amend KRS 11A.040 to permit a former officer of the Department of Public Advocacy to continue to represent a client if necessary to prevent an adverse effect on the client.

     Jan 28-introduced in House
     Feb 1-to State Government (H)
     Feb 2-posted in committee
     Feb 22-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 23-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 25-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, February 28, 2000
     Feb 29-3rd reading, passed 89-5 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 1-received in Senate
     Mar 3-to State and Local Government (S)
     Mar 22-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 23-2nd reading, to Rules
     Apr 11-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, April 11, 2000; 3rd reading, passed 38-0; received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 21-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 475)

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