ETHICS COMMISSION AUTHORITY

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December 23, 2020


Request: Does the Ethics Commission have authority to promulgate rules defining “lobby” and “lobbyist” within the context of lobbyist gifting restrictions, which conflict with the statutory definitions adopted by the Legislature?

Conclusion: The Ethics Commission has constitutional authority to promulgate rules defining “lobby” and “lobbyist” within the context of lobbyist gifting restrictions, even if those definitions are broader than what has been adopted by the Legislature.

Opinion: 2020-L-09

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