Connecticut: Yale, Nutmeg, and Ethics

Part 34 of our 36-Part Series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at Connecticut.

State law reads:

“No registrant or anyone acting on behalf of a registrant shall knowingly give a gift, as defined in subsection (g) of section 1-91, to any state employee, public official, candidate for public office or a member of any such person’s staff or immediate family.”

Restricted gifts are later defined in state law as only consisting of items of a value of more than $100.

By limiting gifts to an amount per gift, Connecticut joins 13 other states that allow gifts from lobbyists but only up to a certain point – in this case, $100/gift.  Connecticut is one of seven states with a limit per gift.

Connecticut 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.

Connecticut gets it.  When will Missouri?

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