First in War, First in Peace, and One of the Best in Legislative Ethics

Part 31 of our 36-Part Series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at the state of Washington.

State law reads:

“No state officer or state employee may accept gifts, other than those specified in subsections (2) and (5) of this section, with an aggregate value in excess of fifty dollars from a single source in a calendar year or a single gift from multiple sources with a value in excess of fifty dollars. “

By limiting gifts to an annual amount, Washington joins 22 other states that allow gifts from lobbyists but only up to a certain point – in this case, $50/year.  Washington is one of 13 states with an annual limit.

Washington understands that there needs to be a limit.  Compare that to the limitless free-for-all that is Missouri when it comes to lobbyists and their gifts to lawmakers.

Washington gets it.  When will Missouri?

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