‘Indy Star’ Launches Campaign to Revamp Lobbying Laws

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The Indianapolis Star is leading a statewide media campaign aimed at tightening rules on how much lobbyists can spend on gifts for lawmakers.

The newspaper this week began a series of editorials examining what it contends is inadequate state law. It enlisted 22 other daily newspapers to encourage the public to demand changes.

State law does not restrict the value of gifts legislators can accept from lobbyists, but they must report gifts worth at least $100. The Star’s proposed changes include prohibiting lawmakers from accepting gifts worth more than $50 or from anyone doing business with the state.

The issue is expected to be taken up in the legislative session that begins in January.

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