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Kentucky Senate OKs bill to reveal executive branch lobbying

February 26, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at shedding more light on efforts to lobby the state’s executive branch.

The bill sailed through the Senate on a 36-0 vote Monday and heads to the House. The proposal’s lead sponsor is Senate President Robert Stivers.

The measure would require executive branch lobbyists to report who they’re working for, what matters they’re working on and how much they’re paid.

It also specifies that an executive branch lobbyist cannot be paid on a contingency fee basis.

Stivers has pointed to federal bribery and kickback cases involving an ex-lobbyist and a former high-ranking state official in advocating for stricter oversight of lobbyists when reaching out to executive branch agencies that craft regulations and award contracts.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 6.