04RS SB172


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SB 172 (BR 1315) - T. Buford

     AN ACT relating to executive branch ethics.
     Amend KRS 11A.040 to allow the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to grant exemptions to certain postemployment restrictions if the exemption would not create an appearance of impropriety; direct that the postemployment restriction relating to representing a person or business before a state agency shall not prohibit the former public servant from performing certain ministerial functions (i.e., filing tax returns, incorporation papers, etc.) which may include discussions with state agencies about those functions; reduce the filing of agencies' lists of employees approved for outside employment from quarterly to annually, covering the previous fiscal year; amend KRS 11A.045 to increase the gift limitation from $25 to $50; allow a $200 limitation on a gift based on personal friendship if the gift is given by an individual with whom the public servant has a friendship history, the friend personally pays for the gift, and the gift is not linked to any official action that the public servant has taken or will be taking; increase from $25 to $50 the tangible property value in excess of which the property must be turned over to the Cabinet for Economic Development by a public servant who accepted it in the performance of official duties; amend KRS 11A.050 to increase the time for filing a final statement of financial disclosure from 30 days to 90 days after the date the person no longer serves as an officer or public servant; create a new section of KRS Chapter 11A to prohibit a member of any executive branch board, commission, authority, council, or committee from doing business with the board, commission, authority, council, or committee of which he is a member; provide an exemption for purchases available on the same terms to the general public or which are made at public auction; require a member of an executive branch board, commission, authority, council, or committee to disclose, in writing or in the formal minutes, any direct or indirect conflict of interest; require the member to abstain from any decisions concerning his interest if the decision would affect him differently from other members of his business, profession, occupation, or group; require members of a board, commission, authority, council, or committee to be subject to KRS 11A.045, relating to the acceptance of gifts; allow a public servant's family members to be employed in the same agency as the public servant, but prohibit the public servant from advocating or influencing the employment, appointment, promotion, transfer, or advancement of any family member to a position that the public servant directly supervises or manages; prohibit a public servant from participating in any disciplinary action relating to a family member; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require the governing board of each public postsecondary educational institution to adopt a code of ethics applying to all faculty, staff, and members of the governing board; require the Council on Postsecondary Education to establish guidelines to implement the adoption of each code of ethics.

     Feb 11-introduced in Senate
     Feb 17-to State and Local Government (S)

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