Part 32 of our 36-Part Series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at the state of Nevada.
State law reads:
“A public officer or employee shall not seek or accept any gift, service, favor, employment, engagement, emolument or economic opportunity which would tend improperly to influence a reasonable person in his position to depart from the faithful and impartial discharge of his public duties. A member of the legislative branch or a member of his staff or immediate family shall not solicit anything of value from a registrant or accept any gift that exceeds $100 in aggregate value in any calendar year. A lobbyist shall not give to a member of the Legislative Branch or a member of his or her staff or immediate family gifts that exceed $100 in value in the aggregate in any calendar year.”
By limiting gifts to an annual amount, Nevada joins 22 other states that allow gifts from lobbyists but only up to a certain point – in this case, $100/year. Nevada is one of 13 states with an annual limit.
Nevada 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.
Nevada gets it. When will Missouri?
Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge and legislation regulating lobbyist gift-giving.