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.