Among other things, that ended the endless tab at the Marriott bar, in which multiple lobbyists would split the legislators' nightly bar tab, providing a cover so that there would be no way to verify that any one lobbyist had spent more than $25 on any one legislator.
It's fair to say that lobbyists' spending hasn't nearly doubled since 2004 -- but they are more accurately reporting what they spend.
The Lottery Commission is taking expressions of interest from architectural and engineering firms to renovate the 7th, 8th and 9th floors of the Lottery headquarters office tower on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The three floors, occupied primarily by Blue Cross-Blue Shield, were not included in the $13.45-million renovation of the other 10 floors of the building in 2010, but Lottery assistant director John Myers said the plan was to get to them eventually.
Myers said there's about 2,000 square feet of empty space on the 9th floor, where offices can be relocated during a planned floor-by-floor upgrade. Ultimately, that space will be used for state offices.
Blue Cross' lease extends through September 2014, and Myers said the Lottery would hope to keep them as tenants beyond that time.
Finally, a reader called to decry the lack of common sense in the congressional debate on gun control. An avid hunter, he noted that federal law prohibits him from having more than three shells in his shotgun when hunting game birds.
"The federal government must like birds better than kids," he commented.
I told him I'd gotten a call during the weekend from the NRA, which was in the guise of conducting a poll - but seemed geared to riling up the true believers.
It started with a recorded message from Wayne LaPierre, saying something to the effect that if Congress tries to impose gun law restrictions, "they'll have to answer to NRA's four million members." (I thought, heck, I'm a member of a lobbying organization that's got 10 times that many members, and we don't go around threatening Congress.)
Then, the pollster asked questions including whether I was offended that President Obama was exploiting the Newtown tragedy. I responded I didn't think he was exploiting the tragedy so much as reacting to it.
When the pollster got into disparaging questions regarding Sen. Diane Feinstein's bill to ban assault weapons, I told him that, frankly, I would support passage of the bill. (For some reason, the call abruptly ended at that point ...)
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.