Authors: Representative Brian Bosma
Co-authors: Representative Scott Pelath, Representative Gregory Steuerwald, Representative Clyde Kersey
Sponsors: Senator David C. Long, Senator Timothy Lanane
Advisors: Representative Gregory Steuerwald, Representative Clyde Kersey
Makes the following changes in the laws governing legislative ethics, lobbyist and legislative liaison reporting, and executive agency ethics: (1) Reenacts the legislative ethics statute in a different Indiana Code location and makes changes, including the following: Expands the interests that must be disclosed in a statement of economic interests filed by a legislator or legislative candidate. Requires a filer to report the name of a lobbyist who is a relative of the filer. Requires both the house and the senate to adopt a code of ethics, provide ethics education to members, and review filed statements of economic interests. Sets term and appointment procedures for the house and senate ethics committees. Sets procedures related to filing and reviewing complaints. Establishes the office of legislative ethics in the legislative services agency. (2) Makes changes in the lobbyist registration and reporting law, including the following: Relocates definitions and defines family business. Requires reporting the name of any legislator who is a close relative of the lobbyist. Specifies that failure to file statements and reports constitutes a Level 6 felony if the omission is not corrected within 10 days after being notified of the violation by the lobby registration commission. (3) Moves provisions related to legislative liaison reporting to a different Indiana Code location and makes the following changes: Eliminates the reporting of lobbying expenditures by legislative liaisons in the executive branch and for state educational institutions. Requires state educational institutions to report certain expenses related to lobbying by their employees and related foundations. (4) Makes changes in the ethics statute applicable to state agencies, including the following: Changes the definition of employer. Limits the circumstances in which post employment restrictions on employees of the executive branch may be waived. Makes changes to the restrictions on post employment and consulting activity of state officers, employees, and special state appointees. Provides that a state officer, state employee, or special state appointee may not use state materials, funds, property, personnel, facilities, or equipment for purposes other than official state business unless the use is expressly permitted by a general written policy or regulation that has been approved by the state ethics commission or the use is to coordinate the state officer's official, personal, and political calendars, to provide transportation and security for the state officer and any employee or special state appointee who accompanies the state officer, or for incidental or de minimus political communications or activity involving the state officer. Repeals the existing legislative ethics and legislative liaison reporting statutes.