Gifts of Hospitality
By Natalie O'Donnell Wood| Vol . 22, No. 21 / June 2014
When it comes to gifts, legislators must be aware of what they cannot receive, lobbyists must be aware of what they cannot give, and both must be aware of what they must disclose. When lobbyists entertain legislators, are they giving gifts in the traditional sense of the word, or is it a legitimate way to forge connections? State laws, rules and policies give guidance. But even the most seemingly clear-cut provision can be accompanied by extenuating circumstances that allow for certain kinds of gift giving and receiving. These exceptions frequently relate to hospitality.
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