Groups Ease Off Events For Lawmakers Under New Lobbying Law

Some organizations that attempt to influence public policy are backing off events for state lawmakers because of new lobbyist gift limits included in an anti-corruption initiative that took effect this week.

The incoming Senate GOP leader sent an email to caucus members saying top Republicans aren’t attending events until they get more guidance.

The wide-ranging ballot measure approved by voters on Election Day limits gifts from lobbyists to $100 annually for lawmakers. That’s a major change given there were previously no caps.

The new law has spurred uncertainty among lobbyists, legislators and interest groups.

Supporters say it’s meant to restrict financial relationships between lobbyists or interest groups and lawmakers.

Foes argue that the gift provisions are poorly written and attempt to fix a crisis of corruption that doesn’t exist in Pierre.