Part 29 of our 36-part series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at the Corn Husker state:
Nebraska state law reads:
“(1) No principal, lobbyist, or person acting on behalf of either shall within one calendar month give any gifts with an aggregate value of more than fifty dollars to the following: (a) An official or a member of the official’s staff in the executive branch of state government; (b) An official or a member of the official’s staff in the legislative branch of state government; or (c) A member of the immediate family of an official in the executive or legislative branch of state government. 2) No executive or legislative official shall accept gifts worth more than $50 in one calendar month.”
Nebraska joins 22 other states that allow gifts to legislators from lobbyists but only up to a certain level. The level that Nebraska has chosen is based upon a limit per month ($50/lawmaker/lobbyist). Nebraska joins Michigan as the only states that place their limit on a monthly basis – most of these “Bright Line” states limit the value of gifts on an annual basis.
Of course, there are 15 states with zero-tolerance for ANY gifts from lobbyists.
Then, there’s Missouri where anything-goes and lobbyists can shower lawmakers with unlimited amounts of gifts of unlimited value. Daily. Weekly. Monthly. Annually.
Nebraska and 34 other states understand the problem. When will Missouri?
Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge and legislation regulating lobbyist gift-giving.