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Personal Financial Disclosure Gift and Honoraria

Personal Financial Disclosure: Gift and Honorarium Requirements

Updated January 2013

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This table provides general information and does not necessarily address all aspects of this topic. The research does not contain a comprehensive comparison of all state bans and disclosure practices. For example, one state may ban honoraria, while another requires only that legislators report any they receive. Thus, states with broad reporting requirements shouldn't always be considered to have stricter laws. This research reflects, in summary form, statutes in effect as of 12/31/12 or statutes set to take effect shortly thereafter. It should be noted that states exempt gifts from close relatives or spouses from disclosure requirements. Because the facts of an individual situation may vary, if there is a question, this information may need to be supplemented by consulting with legal advisers.

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STATES
TITLE
Alabama

None. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Alaska
 

24.60.080

On a separate form filed with the ethics committee, legislators and legislative employees must list gifts of travel or legal services worth $250 or more relating to matters of legislative concern, within 30 days of receipt; include name, occupation of the donor, approximate value and general area of legislative concern. These reports are public and are forwarded to the appropriate house for inclusion in the journal. In additional annual report to the ethics committee, for all gifts not connected to legislative status: name, occupation of donor, description of gift. This report is confidential, and may only be accessed in an investigation into a possible violation. Legislators must also report to the committee gifts to members of immediate family if he believes it was received because of a connection to the legislator. See also gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Arizona
 

38-542

Names of sources giving >$500 to public officer, members of household, or anyone for the use or benefit of the officer. Gifts received by will, interstate succession, or a trust established by a spouse or ancestor excepted.

Arkansas
 

21-8-701

Source, date, description, estimate of the fair market value for each gift of >$100 to the public servant, candidate or spouse; for each gift of >$250 to dependent children. Name, business address of source, and date of payment, nature of, and amount of expenditures for food, lodging, or travel that bears a relationship to the public servant’s office when the public servant is appearing in his or her official capacity, when the expense is >$150, and when the source is not the entity for which the public servant works.

California
 

Government Code
Title 9, Chapter 7, Article 2
87207

Name, address, business activity of source of any worth $50+, amount and date. Travel reimbursements.

Colorado
 

24-6-203

Name of the person from whom the item was received and the amount or value and the date of receipt. Must report on any money, including but not limited to a loan, pledge, or advance of money or a guarantee of a loan of money if  > $25; any gift of any item of real or personal property, other than money if  > $50; any loan of real or personal property, if  > $50; any payment for a speech, appearance, or publication, tickets to sporting, recreational, educational, or cultural events if  > $50 for any single event, or a series of tickets to sporting or cultural events  > $100; any gift of a meal to a fund-raising event of a political party; payment of or reimbursement for actual and necessary expenditures for travel and lodging for attendance at a convention or other meeting at which the incumbent or elected candidate is scheduled to participate, in certain cases.

Exceptions: a contribution or contribution in kind that has already been reported, perishable items such as meals in certain cases; a nonpecuniary award publicly presented by an organization in recognition of public service; payment of salary from employment, including other government employment, in addition to that earned from being a member of the general assembly or by reason of service in other public office; payment of or reimbursement for actual and necessary expenditures for travel and lodging for attendance at a convention or other meeting at which the incumbent or elected candidate is scheduled to participate, if the payment of or reimbursement for such expenditures is made from public funds, from the funds of an organization declared to be a joint governmental agency, or from the funds of any association of public officials or public entities whose membership includes the incumbent's or elected candidate's office or the governmental entity in which such office is held.

Connecticut

None. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Delaware
 

Title 29, Part V, Chapter 58
Subchapter II, Section 5813

Any gift >$250 from any person, and include actual amounts. Expense reimbursement >$1,000 from a single source. Honoraria must be disclosed.

District of Columbia

N/A

Florida
 

Title X
Chapter 112.3144
112.3148
112.3149

For any gifts received > $100, a description, the value, name and address of the person making the gift, and the dates thereof, if known. Must also provide a copy of any receipt for such gift provided to the reporting individual or procurement employee by the donor. Other items that are considered gifts are food and beverages, paid membership dues, entrance/admission fees and tickets.

Travel expenses such as transportation and lodging are included as gifts and must be reported on. Sources of travel expenses received either directly or indirectly, from a governmental entity or a direct-support organization specifically authorized by law to support a governmental entity. The statement shall list the name of the person providing the gift, a description of the gift, the date or dates on which the gift was given, and the value of the total gifts given during the calendar year for which the report is made.

Must report on gifts given if >$25 but must not exceed $100. Must include a description of each gift, the monetary value thereof, the name and address of the person making such gift, the name and address of the recipient of the gift, and the date such gift is given. Legislators can give a gift in excess of $100 to any reporting individual or procurement employee if a public purpose can be shown for the gift.

If given payment or provision of expenses related to any honorarium event (though actual honoraria are prohibited) must disclose name, address, and affiliation of the person paying or providing the expenses; the amount of the expenses; the date of the event; a description of the expenses paid or provided on each day of the event; and the total value of the expenses provided to the reporting individual or procurement employee in connection with the event.

Georgia
 

21-5-50

Sources, actual amounts of honoraria or fee from speaking engagements, participation in seminars, discussion panels, or other activities related to official duties or office.

Guam

N/A

Hawaii
 

84-11-5

Legislators and employees must file separate annual gift disclosures if (1) the legislator or employee, his spouse, or dependent children received gifts worth more than $200 in a year, whether in the form of money, service, good, or other (2) the source has interests that may be affected by official action or lack of action (3) the gift is neither from a relative, via a will or spouse- or ancestor-sponsored trust, a campaign contribution, a thing distributed to the public without regard to the official status of the recipient, returned to the giver within 30 days, or part of an equal value exchange on special occasions. Disclosures must include: gift description, value estimate, date of receipt, identity of source. See also gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Idaho

No financial disclosure requirements. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Illinois
 

5ILCS 420/4A-102

Names of sources of gifts, including honoraria, worth >$500 singly or in aggregate.

Indiana
 

IC 2-2.1-3-2

Effective until 1/1/2011: Names of sources of cash or single gifts worth >$100; and worth >$250 in aggregate. Gifts from relatives need only be listed if source has substantial interest in a legislative matter.

Iowa
None. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.
Kansas
 

46-229
46-239
46-248

Names of sources of gifts or honoraria >$500 in the aggregate from any one source.

Kentucky
 

6.787

Sources of gifts of money or property worth >$200 to filer or his or her immediate family.

Louisiana
None. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.
Maine
 

Title 1, Chapter 25
Subchapter 2, Section 1016-G

Specific source of each gift. Name of sources of honoraria $2000 or more that the legislator accepted.

Maryland
 

15-607

Identity of source, nature, value of gifts worth >$20 singly or >$100 in aggregate received from one entity when the source is a business that is regulated by or does business with the state; a lobbyist. Specifies that two or more tickets or free admissions with a cumulative value of >$100 must be reported.

Exemptions for food and beverages in certain situations and for tickets or free admissions to events in certain situations.
Massachusetts

Name and address of source and fair market value of honoraria >$100 when the source is a lobbyist or anyone with a direct interest in legislation.

Name and address of source and fair market value, if determinable, of any gifts and any reimbursement for expenses aggregating >$100 in a year when the source is a lobbyist or anyone with a direct interest in legislation.

Michigan

No financial disclosure requirements, but gifts are prohibited from a source that tends to influence duties, under 15-342. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Minnesota

None. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Mississippi

None. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Missouri
 

105.485

Names, addresses of sources for gifts, honoraria >$200. Debt forgiveness included. Lodging and travel expenses for expenses incurred outside the state in some situations.

Exceptions for hospitality such as food, beverages or admissions to events.

Montana

None. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Nebraska
 

49-1496

Name, address, occupation of donors of gifts >$100; description of gift; value category; circumstances.

Nevada
 

281A.620

Source, list of gifts, actual value of gifts worth >$200 from one donor.

Exceptions for gifts from family and ceremonial gifts if donor does not have a substantial interest.
New Hampshire
 

Chapter 15-B

When reporting on expense reimbursement, honorarium, or when legislators and legislative employees consume meals or beverages > $25 at a meeting or event pertaining to official business, must include name, work address, work phone number, the office, appointment, or employment held by person subject to the reporting requirement; full name, post office address, occupation, and principal place of business, if any, of the source; the value of the reimbursement; a brief description of the service or event that gave rise to the reimbursement (must include a copy of the agenda or an equivalent document); date on which received; a statement swearing accuracy.

New Jersey
 

Legislative Code of Ethics 2.14
(Rules)

“An enumeration of” fees and honorariums for personal appearances, speeches or writings received by the member or the member's spouse from named payers; reimbursements or prepaid expenses for travel, subsistence or facilities provided in kind received by the member, the member's spouse or minor child from named payers or providers other than the State, indicating whether the payer or provider is a profit, nonprofit or governmental entity; gifts from named donors connected to the legislative process received by the member, the member's spouse or minor child...

New Mexico

None. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

New York
 

Consolidated Laws
Chapter 47
Article 4
Section 73a

Name, address of donor, description, nature of, and value of gifts >$1,000 from 1 donor. Source, description of expense reimbursement >$1,000 from 1 donor. Reimbursement refers to travel-related expenses provided by nongovernmental sources and for activities related to duties such as speaking engagements, conferences, or fact finding events.

North Carolina
 

138A-24

A list of all things of monetary value> $200 given and received without valuable consideration and under circumstances that a reasonable person would conclude that the thing was given for the purpose of lobbying, if such things where given by a person not required to report under Chapter 120C of the General Statutes, excluding things given by the member of the filing person's extended family. The list shall include only those things received during the 12 months preceding the reporting period under subsection (d) of this section, and shall include the source of those things. The list required by this subdivision shall not apply to things of monetary value received by the filing person prior to the time the person filed or was nominated as a candidate for office, as described in G.S. 138A-22, or was appointed or employed as a covered person.

North Dakota

None. See gift restrictions and honorarium restrictions.

Ohio
 

102.01

Source of gifts >$75, >$25 from lobbyists. Sources, amounts of payments for travel expenses (with some exceptions). Sources of payment of expenses for meals, food and beverages that are incurred in connection with official duties and that > $100 in a calendar year (with some exceptions).

Oklahoma
 

Rule 257:15-1-7

Name, actual value, source of honoraria >$200 above actual expenses.

Oregon
 

244.060

All expenses with an aggregate value > $50 received during a year when participating in a convention, mission, trip, negotiations or economic development activities, other meeting. Include name, address entity paying the expenses, the nature of the event and the date and amount of the expense.

Name, date, time of event for honoraria and other items allowed under ORS 244.042 with a value > $15 in a year.

Pennsylvania
 

PCS Title 65, Chapter 11

Section 1105