Honorariums - Overview

Center for Ethics in Government


Honorariums are payments for speeches, articles or appearances. 

50-State Table of Honorarium Restrictions, Updated August 2010.

Eye on Ethics Brief

Twenty-six states prohibit them if they are offered in connection with a legislator's official duties. That means a legislator could accept honorariums for services performed in relation to their private profession or occupation if unrelated to the legislator's legislative duties. Most states that prohibit honorariums allow reimbursement for travel, lodging and necessary expenses. Twenty-four states allow honorariums or don't specifically address them in statute.

Honorariums, Laws for Legislators, August 2003
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