Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 6/12/1997 
Number 97-06 
Topic Gifts - Special Privileges 
Respondent  
Issue/Question
Seattle Yacht Club offered temporary memberships to legislators, which allow entry into the Club restaurant and events, for $10 annually.  May legislators accept the offer?
Summary
No.  Statute refers to "value" not "cost."  The value is clearly in excess of $50.  Board also concluded that the exception for gifts permitted to be given to "broad based" group was not applicable.  The "special privileges" statute would also be violated if the offer was accepted.  RCW 42.52.070 and 42.52.150.
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