A bill has been heard in the House that would expand the limits a lobbyist can spend on legislators. HB 2314 changes that limit from $100 to $500 that legislators can receive in gifts and hospitality.
In addition, the bill states that spouses of a legislator or candidate can also receive up to $500.
Carol Williams, Executive Director of the Kansas Ethics Commission, testified as neutral on the bill. Mrs. Williams noted that the bill also changes the limit requiring a lobbyist to disclose individual spending to a legislator from $2 to $15 and if that limit was in place last year 26% of recreation in the form of hospitality wouldn’t have been reported.
Representative Alcala (D) Topeka echoed Mrs. Williams’ concern that raising the nondisclosure limit would decrease transparency in special interest donations.