HB 28 (BR 76) - B. Yonts, M. Denham, J. Glenn, M. King
AN ACT relating to the Code of Legislative Ethics.
Amend KRS 6.611 to implement the "no cup of coffee" rule for legislators, limit allowable payments for attendance of individual legislators to events held in-state, define "in-state" and include administrative regulations and legislative proposals not introduced in the General Assembly to the definition of "legislation"; amend KRS 6.747 to specify that the legislative agent or employer may not furnish out-of-state transportation or lodging for a legislator with certain exceptions; amend KRS 6.767 to prohibit a legislator, candidate, or campaign committee from accepting a campaign contribution from an executive agency lobbyist, or an employer of a legislative agent or executive agency lobbyist during a regular session of the General Assembly, except for a special election held during a regular session of the General Assembly; amend KRS 6.811 to prohibit a legislative agent or employer from giving anything of value to a legislative candidate, prohibit a legislative agent from soliciting, controlling, or delivering a campaign contribution, prohibit an employer of a legislative agent from making a campaign contribution to a legislator, candidate, campaign committee, or caucus campaign committee during a regular session of the General Assembly, and delete language allowing legislative agents and their employers to purchase food or beverages for legislators not to exceed $100 ("no cup of coffee" rule); amend KRS 6.821 to conform, and to include the cost of advertising during a General Assembly by an employer of a legislative agent or their affiliates in the employer's statement filed with the Legislative Ethics Commission..
HB 28 - AMENDMENTS
HCS - Delete original provisions; amend KRS 6.611 to allow promotional items of less than 50 dollars; delete the exception allowing lobbyists or employers to pay for food and beverages consumed on the premises; clarify that expenditures for attendance at national organizations paid for by the Commission are not expenses first paid by the legislator; limit ability of lobbyists to pay for legislators' trip expenses to those held in-state; define "in-state"; include administrative regulations and matters pending before statute committees as "legislation"; amend KRS 6.711 to require orientation courses for new legislators in December of each even-numbered year, and require the orientation course to be at least two hours long; amend KRS 6.716 to allow the group discussion portion of legislative orientation courses to be open to the public; amend KRS 6.767 to allow the group discussion portion of legislative current issues seminars to be open to the public ; amend KRS 6.747 to prohibit a legislative agent or employer from paying for out-of-state travel and expenses for a legislator; amend KRS 6.767 to prohibit a member or candidate for the General Assembly, or their campaign committee, from receiving a campaign contribution from an employer, or permanent committee during a regular session of the General Assembly, except during a special election; amend KRS 6.811 to prohibit a legislative agent or employer from soliciting, controlling, or delivering a campaign contribution for a candidate or legislator, and prohibit an employer from making a campaign contribution to a legislator, candidate, campaign committee, or caucus campaign committee during a regular session of the General Assembly; amend KRS 6.821 to conform and to define "advertising"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 7 to require the Legislative Research Commission to require all members of the General Assembly to attend a sexual and workplace harassment training course held at the beginning of each session; and amend KRS 11A.010 to conform.
(Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)
Jan 7-introduced in House; to State Government (H)
Feb 18-posted in committee
Feb 27-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Feb 28-2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 6-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 7, 2014
Mar 10-3rd reading, passed 94-0 with Committee Substitute
Mar 11-received in Senate