Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 7/9/1998 
Number 98-05 
Topic Gift - Hosting Appreciation Dinners 
Respondent  
Issue/Question
May a legislator or legislative staff person accept or solicit contributions from lobbyists for legislative "events," such as legislator and/or staff meetings or retreats; end of session "appreciation" events; or member gifts on the occasion of a first floor speech?
Summary
It is a violation of the Ethics Act to solicit these items from lobbyists or lobbyist-employers.  If such gifts are wholly unsolicited, the statutory limits on receipt of gifts must be examined.  RCW 42.52.070, 42.52.140 and 42.52.150.
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