Parties in committee offices
The Washington Post reports this morning that House Speaker Mike Busch wants to make a rule against lobbyist-sponsored parties in legislative buildings in the wake of reports that Del. Sheila Hixson's St. Patrick's Day bash, held in her Ways and Means Committee suite, was sponsored by lobbyists for the horseracing industry.
Now, don't get too worried. Lobbyists will still be allowed to sponsor lavish parties for legislators -- they'll just have to do it the old fashioned way, in a hotel or restaurant. Because the location is really the issue, not the fact that monied special interests are buying steaks and cabernet for lawmakers en masse.