What’s Round on the Ends, High in the Middle, and More Ethical Than Missouri?

Part 30 of our 36-part series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at the Buckeye state.

Ohio state law reads:

“No public official or employee shall solicit or accept anything of value that is of such a character as to manifest a substantial and improper influence upon the public official or employee with respect to that person’s duties.  No person shall promise or give to a public official or employee anything of value that is of such a character as to manifest a substantial and improper influence upon the public official or employee with respect to that person’s duties.”

State law in Ohio goes on further to define “anything of value” as anything with a monetary value greater than $75.

So Ohio joins 23 other states that allow some gifts from lobbyists – but only up to a point.  In Ohio’s case it’s $75/gift.

Though far from ideal, it’s still better than the unlimited free-for-all in Missouri where lobbyists can shower lawmakers with gifts of ANY size.  Daily.  Monthly.  Yearly.

Ohio understands the problem and has a law that addresses it.  Ohio gets it.  When will Missouri?

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