Abramoff to Lead Ethics Session for State Lawmakers

Former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff  will be a featured speaker at an ethics session for state lawmakers at the beginning of the 2012 General Assembly. The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission invited Abramoff to lead a 90-minute session scheduled for January 4 on how his corrupt actions led to his rise in Washington and eventual imprisonment. […]

Ethics Panel Fines Hall, Dismisses Complaint Against Comer

In separate rulings today, the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission issued a reprimand against one state lawmaker and dismissed a complaint filed against another. State Representative Keith Hall of Phelps was reprimanded and fined $2,000 for an ethics code violation. The commission found that Hall voted for a state budget in 2005 that contained money to […]

State Ethics Commission Recommends Changes

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission has made a number of recommendations to tighten the code of ethics for state lawmakers. In its annual report, the panel calls for 16 changes to state laws that apply to the conduct of legislators, lobbyists and political candidates. Among the recommendations is a repeal of the provision allowing lobbyists […]

Frankfort Lobbying Expenditures Continue To Rise

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio The amount of money spent on lobbying Kentucky lawmakers has grown significantly in the last 12 years, according to the latest figures released by the state Legislative Ethics Commission.  During this year’s regular session, which ended April 15th, lobbyists and their employers spent more than $8.4 million communicating with lawmakers, […]