The Indianapolis Star reports that legislators are coming back in grand style --
A "welcome back party" is being hosted Tuesday evening by the Bose Public Affairs Group, a top lobbying firm, preceded by a late-afternoon reception by the Government Affairs Society of Indiana, the lobbying group for lobbyists.
The receptions -- as well as any gifts, tickets and meals that legislators get during the sessions -- are perfectly legal. Under current Indiana law, legislators can take anything at all.
But at least two legislators -- Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, and Rep. John Day, D-Indianapolis -- say it's time for a change, and they're pursuing legislation to that end.
Under current law, lobbyists must report making a gift of $100 or more, but they don't have to reveal what the gift is, nor its full value.
There's no limit on the amount the $2-million-a-year lobbying industry can give a lawmaker, and reporting requirements are no more specific than "more than $100" or "more than $250." A $5,000 vacation trip would be simply "more than $250" -- and a $95 steak dinner, even with an encore every day of the session, is no business of the public whatsoever.