HB 151 (BR 324) - J. Hoover, D. Floyd
AN ACT relating to the Code of Legislative Ethics.
Amend KRS 6.611, relating to the Kentucky Code of Legislative Ethics, to include the cost of attendance, food, and beverages at out-of-state events in the definition of "anything of value"; define "in-state" to mean "within the borders of Kentucky or outside Kentucky in a county that is contiguous with the border of Kentucky"; define "employer" as "any person who engages a legislative agent and for whose legislative interest the agent is lobbying"; change the definition of "legislative agent" to exclude legislative liaisons; amend KRS 6.661 to prohibit a member of the staff of the Legislative Ethics Commission from serving as a fundraiser for, or contributing to, a candidate or slate of candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Auditor, or the General Assembly; amend KRS 6.686 to delete the restriction preventing the commission from investigating a violation until a complaint is filed; allow the commission to impose only administrative penalties in the absence of a complaint; permit the commission to dismiss a complaint without prejudice if the complainant publicly discloses or comments on the existence of the complaint; amend KRS 6.711 and 6.716 to change the duration of courses for legislators from three hours to two hours; create a new section of KRS 6.731 to 6.780 to prohibit a legislator from sending a mass mailing at public expense 60 days or less before a regular election; amend KRS 6.747 to prohibit a legislative agent or employer from furnishing out-of-state transportation or lodging for a legislator; amend KRS 6.767 to prohibit a legislator, legislative candidate, or campaign committee from accepting a campaign contribution from an employer or a permanent committee during a regular session of the General Assembly; allow a legislator, candidate, or committee to return a contribution within 30 days, rather than 14, of receipt; amend KRS 6.807 to deem an updated registration statement to be filed in a timely manner if it is postmarked on or before the last day for filing; amend KRS 6.811 to prohibit a legislative agent or employer from giving anything of value to a legislative candidate or to a candidate's spouse or child; prohibit a legislative agent from soliciting, controlling, or delivering a campaign contribution for a candidate or legislator; prohibit an employer from making a campaign contribution to a legislator, candidate, or campaign committee during a regular session; prohibit an employer from knowingly employing an immediate family member of a legislator as a legislative agent; amend KRS 6.821 to change the requirements for a statement of expenditures filed by a legislative agent or employer; amend KRS 11A.010 to conform.
(Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)
Jan 3-introduced in House; to State Government (H)