Part 33 of our 36-Part Series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at the Sooner State.
Oklahoma law reads:
“State officers and state employees. No state officer, state employee or an immediate family member of such state officer or state employee shall, directly or indirectly, ask, demand, exact, solicit, seek, accept, assign receive or agree to receive things of value in a calendar year which, in the aggregate, are valued at more than one hundred dollars ($100) from a person who the state officer or state employee knows or should know is a lobbyist or lobbyist principal.”
By limiting gifts to an annual amount, Oklahoma joins 22 other states that allow gifts from lobbyists but only up to a certain point – in this case, $100/year. Oklahoma is one of 13 states with an annual limit.
Oklahoma 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.
Oklahoma gets it. When will Missouri?
Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge and legislation regulating lobbyist gift-giving.