Are Lawmakers More Ethical in Alaska Than In Missouri? You Betcha!

Part 6 of our 36-part series looks at Alaska.  Alaska state statute states:

“A legislator or legislative employee may not solicit, accept, or receive, directly or indirectly, a gift worth $250 or more, whether in the form of money, services, a loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, promise, or other form, or gifts from the same person worth less than $250 that in a calendar year aggregate to $250 or more in value.”

 

Like 23 other states, this makes Alaska a “Bright Line” state.  That is, gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers are allowed (yuck!) but only up to a specific limit (yay!).   Like 13 of these 23 states, Alaska’s limit is a yearly limit, as opposed to a limit per the monetary value of the gift, or limits per day or month.

With an annual gift limit from lobbyists of $250, this puts Alaska about in the middle of the pack of “Bright Line” states.  Some have stricter limits, some have looser limits.

But it is significantly more than we can say about Missouri.  The Show-Me State has NO limit to the gifts lobbyists can shower upon lawmakers.

Alaska gets it.  When will Missouri?

Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge, and legislation that regulates gifts from lobbyists.