Ky. Senate OKs executive branch ethics legislation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Proposed ethics legislation that would impose new restrictions on Kentucky's executive branch cleared the state Senate on Friday.

Sponsored by Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, the bill is aimed at blocking "pay-to-play" activities. It also sets new rules for governors in using state aircraft or the ornate Governor's Mansion for political reasons. "This is a major piece of ethics reform," Thayer said.

Thayer's measure cleared the Senate on a 32-4 vote Friday and heads to the House. Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the bill would get a "full hearing."

Thayer said the wide-ranging proposal is intended to increase disclosure and transparency in the executive branch. It would, among other things, require governors to report the names and addresses of people who attend events at the Governor's Mansion.

It would also require annual audits of the governor's use of state aircraft.
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