Part 22 of our 36-part series: “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at Vermont.
State law reads:
“It shall be prohibited conduct: For a legislator or administrative official to solicit a gift, other than a political contribution, from a registered employer or registered lobbyist, except that charitable contributions for nonprofit organizations qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code may be solicited from registered employers and registered lobbyists.”
Like most other of the “zero tolerance” states, Vermont’s law on this subject is short, sweet, effective, and brilliant! State law goes on to define a gift as ANYTHING of value – including meals. The only exceptions are “printed educational materials” and gifts from immediate relatives.
Vermont joins fellow New England states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire with regulations meant to preserve the integrity of state government and the lawmaking process.
Vermont and 34 other states get it. When will Missouri?
Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge and legislation regulating lobbyist gift-giving.