SB 643 - This act modifies numerous provisions relating to ethics.

The act imposes a two year cooling off period before members of the General Assembly may become lobbyists.

Any public official who registers as a lobbyist shall dissolve his or her candidate committee and any other committee over which he or she has control. In the course of dissolving any such committee, such officials are only permitted to transfer money from any such committee for the purpose of:

1) Returning contributions to donors;

2) Donating money to a charitable organization; or

3) Transferring money to another candidate or political party committee.

Members of the General Assembly that vacate his or her seat prior to the expiration of the term for which he or she was elected in order to accept an appointment to a board or commission shall not receive compensation from such appointment until the expiration of the term of office for which the member was elected.

Statewide elected officials and members of the General Assembly, in addition to their family, employees, and staff, are prohibited from receiving any tangible or intangible item, service, or thing of value from lobbyists. This prohibition does not include plaques or other awards for recognition of a service or other honorary accomplishment.


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