SS#2/SB 552 - This act provides that violating provisions relating to conflict of interest and lobbying is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense involves more than seven hundred and fifty dollars in value.
The act also provides that a public official who exercises an official function for the sole purpose of obtaining an undue or unreasonable financial benefit resulting in the official being affected in a substantially different manner than the rest of the class of persons affected by the action shall be guilty of the crime of official misconduct. A court may enter a judgment of restitution against an offender convicted of official misconduct and order the offender to pay restitution against the victim, a government entity, or a third-party payor. The act provides for the determination and enforcement of this restitution.
Furthermore, a prosecuting attorney or law enforcement agency may request the State Auditor to audit all or part of any political subdivision exclusively as part of an investigation of official misconduct relating to the receipt and expenditure of public funds.
The act is identical to provisions in the CCS/SS/SCS/HB 1633 (2018) and similar to SB 176 (2017).