Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 1/12/1996 
Number 96-01 
Topic Gifts - Reasonable Expectation - Lobbyists 
Respondent  
Issue/Question
May a legislator, without using public resources, solict or accept from lobbyists funds to pay registration and travel fees to attend a legislative-related conference in curcumstances where the persons or entities solicited, or from whom the funds would be accepted, would not sponsor or conduct the conference?
Summary
RCW 42.52.140, which prohibits a legislator from accepting or soliciting any thing of value if the circumstances were such that "it could be reasonably expected" that the thing of value would influence official judgement or was a reward for official conduct, would be violated under the facts presented.
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