Commission releases opinion

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Ethics Commission says lobbyists should report all other sponsors who contribute toward the cost of a special event to which public officials are invited.

The commission told lobbyists and attorneys Friday that doing so would ensure proper public disclosure and keep the lobbyist from having to determine which sponsors had engaged in activities subjecting them to lobbyist registration and reporting.

Under state law, a lobbyist includes a person who spends $400 or more in a calendar quarter for lobbying one or more governmental bodies. Commission chief counsel Rita Looney says attorneys Nick Thompson and Ark Monroe previously contacted the commission's staff seeking guidance on how to properly report a March 31 special event honoring Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford and his predecessor, Julie Bowman.

--- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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