New Hampshire: Come for the Granite, Stay for the Ethics

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

New Hampshire law reads:

“I. It shall be unlawful to knowingly give any gift as defined in this chapter, directly or indirectly, to any elected official, public official, public employee, constitutional official, or legislative employee.  II. It shall be unlawful to knowingly give any gift as defined in this chapter, directly or indirectly, to any family member, as defined in this chapter, of any elected official, public official, public employee, constitutional official, or legislative employee, with a purpose of influencing or affecting the official conduct of such official or employee. III. No elected official, public official, public employee, constitutional official, or legislative employee shall knowingly accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, as defined in this chapter.”

Restricted gifts are later defined in state law as only consisting of items of a value of more than $25.

By limiting gifts to an amount per gift, New Hampshire joins 13 other states that allow gifts from lobbyists but only up to a certain point – in this case, $25/gift.  New Hampshire is one of seven states with a limit per gift.

New Hampshire 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.

New Hampshire gets it.  When will Missouri?

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