House Passes Sweeping Ethics and Lobbying Rule Changes

Kelley Drye Client Advisory

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed sweeping ethics and lobbying rule changes, including a gift ban and significant new travel restrictions. The gift ban takes effect immediately; the travel restrictions take effect March 1, 2007. This advisory briefly describes these changes and the practical implications for lobbyists and companies or organizations that employ or retain lobbyists.