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Executive Branch Ethics Commission

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission is an independent agency of the Commonwealth which has been given the responsibility of administering and enforcing the provisions of the code of ethics. The Executive Branch Code of Ethics, created by Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) Chapter 11A, effective July 14, 1992, establishes the ethical standards that govern the conduct of all executive branch employees. The code of ethics was enacted to promote public confidence in the government of the Commonwealth and its employees.

For further information please see: http://ethics.ky.gov.

Lobbying

In the broadest sense of the term, "to lobby" is to attempt to influence a lawmaker or executive agency decision maker. A constituent's voluntary opinion regarding an issue under consideration by his or her elected representative or government official can be considered "lobbying". However, such ordinary activities of citizens who exercise their constitutional right to petition the government or individual members of the government on any matter are separate and distinct from "professional" lobbying, so long as such activities are exclusively the exercise of individual liberty.

A professional lobbyist, also known as a legislative agent or executive agency lobbyist, is a person who receives compensation for his or her efforts to influence legislators or executive agency decision makers on behalf of a client or employer.

The lobbying laws in the Commonwealth of Kentucky only apply to attempts to influence on the state level; the law does not apply to activities involving attempts to influence the decisions of county or municipal officials.

For further information on executive agency lobbying and links to listings of executive agency lobbyists registered with the Commonwealth of Kentucky please see: http://ethics.ky.gov/agencylobbying.html.