Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
August 24th, 2017 • News

August 24, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • Most of the new laws passed earlier this year have officially taken effect, now that 90 days have passed since the legislature officially adjourned the 2017 session. I was proud to sponsor several of the new laws that strengthen ethics and accountability requirements for public officials.
  • For example, Act 431 will expand the scope of existing public corruption laws. Previously, it was an abuse of office to solicit money or material benefits while in office. However, the law didn’t apply to people who had been elected or appointed and had not yet taken the oath of office. Act 431 closes that loophole, to include people who have not yet taken office.
  • Act 430 protects citizens who have been victimized by corrupt judges. It establishes an exemption in the judicial immunity laws, in cases in which a judge has been found guilty or has pleaded guilty to taking a bribe. Anyone who is the victim of an adverse decision by a judge who took a bribe will now have a cause of action, and can file for damages from the guilty judge.
  • Act 1108 prohibits constitutional officers and members of the legislature from soliciting or accepting loans from paid lobbyists. One of my bills that did not win final passage, but which I intend to introduce again, would restrict the flow of so-called “dark money” into our political system. Shadowy groups are taking advantage of loopholes to donate large sums to candidates, without having to identify the source of the money. We believe that some of the suspicious contributions come from foreign powers that are trying to court influence in our open and democratic system of government.
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