Today the Indiana Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill (SB) 114, a legislative ethics reform package. The bill requires elected state officials and political appointees to be out of office one year before becoming lobbyists and prohibits campaign fundraising by candidates for statewide office during legislative sessions when the state budget is appropriated. The bill also reduces the amount of reportable gifts to a legislator from a lobbyist from $100 to $50. Senate Democrat Leader Vi Simpson says she is happy that this bill was created with bipartisan, bicameral support. The measure now moves on to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
Listen to Senator Simpson’s comments from the Senate floor today: