Jacalyn Carfagno, WEKU News and the Center for Public Integrity http://weku.fm en Public Corruption Risk High in Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/public-corruption-risk-high-kentucky <p>As is often the case with government reform efforts, the Kentucky General Assembly enacted ethics laws in response to an embarrassing scandal. &ldquo;BOPTROT&rdquo; was a federal investigation of the Kentucky legislature in the 1990s, so-named because it involved a powerful legislative committee, Business Organizations and Professions, and horse racing. It exposed 15 state lawmakers who sold their votes, some for as little as $100.</p><p>Following BOPTROT, the Kentucky General Assembly enacted laws restricting interactions between legislators and lobbyists. The reforms also required financial disclosure by legislators and detailed disclosure by lobbyists of their spending, whom they represent and how they are compensated.</p><p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Jacalyn Carfagno, WEKU News and the Center for Public Integrity & Charles Compton, WEKU 23160 at http://weku.fm Public Corruption Risk High in Kentucky