Wyoming: Small in Population But Large in Ethics

Part 18 of our 36-part series on the 35 states (and One Congress) more ethical than Missouri looks at Wyoming.

State law reads:

“No public official, public member or public employee shall use his office or position for his private benefit.  As used in this section, “private benefit” means the receipt by the public official, public member or public employee of a gift which resulted from his holding that office.”

Unfortunately, Wyoming state law goes on further to allow exceptions for gifts UNDER $250.  Thus, Wyoming joins the ranks of states that allow gifts from lobbyists, but only up to a specific limit.  In this case, the limit is PER gift.

Though far from ideal, it is still better than the free-for-all that exists in Missouri.  Here, lobbyists can shower lawmakers with gifts SIGNIFICANTLY larger the maximum allowed in Wyoming.

Wyoming and 34 other states understand the problem.  When will Missouri?

Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge and legislation regulating lobbyist gift-giving.