Rule would allow lobbyists to buy lawmakers' meals

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has approved a rule that would allow lobbyists to buy meals for lawmakers and not count the expense against the yearly limit lobbyists can spend on lawmakers.

Lobbyists are currently limited to spending $100 during a calendar year on a legislator or other elected official.

The rule that passed on a 3-2 vote Friday would allow lobbyists to provide a lunch or dinner for a group of legislators without counting it against the limit. A lobbyist would be allowed to use the exception once a year and the meal must take place during the session and at the state Capitol.

The rule would take effect next January unless both the House and Senate pass a resolution to kill the proposal. The governor could veto the resolution.

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