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EU watchdog seeks powers, funds for lawmaker probe body

Jan. 30, 2023 05:49 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Parliament body supervising anti-lobbying and lawmakers' conduct rules must be given the power and money to launch independent investigations into abuses in the wake of a major corruption scandal, the European Ombudsman’s office warned Monday. European...

Shapiro keeps gift ban for employees stricter than law

Jan. 20, 2023 18:12 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Josh Shapiro said Friday that he will keep in place a ban on executive-branch employees receiving gifts of influence that is stricter than state law, but relax some provisions under his predecessor. Under Shapiro's new executive order, the roughly 80,000...

Two-year sentence for Hawaii woman's Trump lobbying scheme

Jan. 18, 2023 21:20 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An American consultant was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for an illicit lobbying effort to get the former Trump administration to drop an investigation into the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund, and to arrange for the return of a...

Top EU lawmakers greenlight anti-corruption reform plans

Jan. 12, 2023 12:02 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Senior European Union lawmakers agreed Thursday to press ahead with a major overhaul of the rules governing access to the European Parliament and the way it deals with lobbyists in response to a massive corruption scandal, the assembly’s president said. Parliament...

Britt sworn in as Alabama's newest U.S. senator

Jan. 03, 2023 18:09 PM EST

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt was sworn into office Tuesday, becoming the youngest Republican woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. Britt, 40, took the oath of office along with other senators who were elected in November. She replaced longtime Sen. Richard Shelby, 88, who announced his...

Officials must choose between jobs or office with new law

Jan. 02, 2023 09:01 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A new Florida law is forcing some public officials to choose between their day jobs or holding office. The measure, which took effect over the weekend, prohibits public officials from working as lobbyists while holding public office. It also bars state and local...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Dec. 26, 2022 14:02 PM EST

Lincoln Journal Star. December 20, 2022. Editorial: Lawmakers need a raise for good of state For the good of the state, Nebraska senators need a pay raise, a healthy pay raise. Since 1988, the state’s 49 senators have been paid $12,000 a year, an...

Swiss climate activists lament election of oil lobbyist

Dec. 07, 2022 08:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Environmentalists in Switzerland criticized the election Wednesday of a top car and oil industry lobbyist to the country's new government, calling it a “disaster for climate policy.” Lawmakers picked Albert Roesti of the nationalist Swiss People's Party as one of...

Panel keeps electronic pull tab moratorium in place

Dec. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota legislative panel refused on Monday to change a rule that creates a moratorium on electronic pull tab machines at gas stations and liquor, grocery and convenience stores. Lobbyists and some lawmakers have promised that the issue will come up...

CFP deja vu: TCU in third, Ohio State lurking and lobbying

Dec. 03, 2022 00:14 AM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU has been in this position before, third in the College Football Playoff rankings going into its last game before the final four teams are set. And just like in 2014, there sits Ohio State in fifth, hoping for a chance to move up. Those...