Prohibited Actions

KRS Section(s) - KRS 6.807, KRS 6.811, KRS 6.821, KRS 6.824, KRS 121.170.


What prohibited actions apply to both legislative agents and employers?

  • Knowingly failing to register as a legislative agent under KRS 6.807.
  • Knowingly failing to keep a receipt or maintain a record that KRS 6.821(Statements of expenditures) requires the person to keep or maintain.
  • Knowingly failing to file a statement that KRS 6.807, 6.821, or 6.824 requires the person to file (registration statements, statements of expenditures, or statements of financial transactions).
  • Knowingly offering, giving, or agreeing to give anything of value to a legislator, his/her spouse, or child (ethical misconduct for the first violation; Class D felony for subsequent violations). ("Anything of value" is defined in KRS 6.611) See OLEC 93-17, OLEC 93-21, OLEC 93-36, OLEC 93-42, OLEC 93-49, OLEC 94-10, and OLEC 94-19.

What prohibited actions apply only to legislative agents?

  • Serving as a campaign treasurer, or as a fundraiser as set forth in KRS 121.170(2) for a candidate or legislator (ethical misconduct for the first violation; Class D felony for subsequent violations).
  • Making a campaign contribution to a legislator, a candidate, or his/her campaign committee (ethical misconduct for the first violation; Class D felony for subsequent violations). See OLEC 93-44, OLEC 93-54, OLEC 93-64, OLEC 94-41, OLEC 95-14, OLEC 95-15, OLEC 01-01 and OLEC 05-01.
  • Going upon the floor of either the Senate or the House of Representatives while the house is in session, except upon invitation of that house (Class B misdemeanor). (KRS 6.811)
  • Accepting any engagement to lobby in exchange for compensation that is contingent in any way upon the passage, modification, or defeat of any legislation (Class D felony). [KRS 6.811(9)]

What prohibited actions apply only to employers of legislative agents?

  • Knowingly employing, appointing, or retaining a serving or former legislator as a legislative agent until two years after he/she vacates the office (ethical misconduct for the first violation; Class D felony for subsequent violations). (KRS 6.811)
  • Engaging any person to lobby in exchange for compensation that is contingent upon the passage, modification, or defeat of any legislation (Class D felony). (KRS 6.811)
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