Part 20 of our 36-Part series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at Maryland.
Maryland state law reads:
“(1) An official or employee may not solicit any gift. (2) A regulated lobbyist described in subsection (b)(4) of this section may not knowingly make a gift, directly or indirectly, to an official or employee that the regulated lobbyist knows or has reason to know is in violation of this section. (3) An official may not directly solicit or facilitate the solicitation of a gift, on behalf of another person, from an individual regulated lobbyist described in § 15-701(a)(1) of this title.’
Pretty strict. And this gives Maryland the distinction of having some of the toughest regulations against lobbyist gift-giving in the country. It is one of 13 with essentially “zero tolerance” of any gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers.
Maryland understands the consequences of a government on the take. They get the problems that occur when the people lose confidence in the integrity of legislators.
Maryland has figured it out. When will Missouri?
Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge and legislation regulating lobbyist gift-giving.