What’s The Matter With Kansas? Lots. But It’s Still More Ethical Than Missouri.

Part 28 of our 36-part series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at the Sunflower state.

Kansas law reads:

“No state officer or employee, candidate for state office or state officer elect shall accept, or agree to accept any economic opportunity, gift, loan, gratuity, special discount, favor, hospitality, or service having an aggregate value of $40 or more in any calendar year from any one person known to have a special interest, under circumstances where such person knows or should know that a major purpose of the donor is to influence such person in the performance of their official duties or prospective official duties.”

Clear.  Concise.  And effective.  Kansas joins 23 other states that allows gifts from lobbyists, but only up to a point.  At $40 per year per lobbyist, this restriction is one of the toughest in the nation.  Only Arizona has a more restrictive annual limit.

Also noteworthy is the last clause in the law “……under circumstances where such person knows or should know that a major purpose of the donor is to influence such person in the performance of their official duties or prospective official duties.”

This forces the law to apply not just to a “registered” lobbyist, but to anyone with a vested interest in state business and the official duties of state legislators.

Necessarily strict for a state concerned about what lobbyists (professional or not) are looking to achieve with a gift to a public official.   Kansas clearly understands the need to stand up for the integrity of state government.  When will Missouri?

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