Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 1/20/2005 
Number 05-01 
Topic Congratulatory letters - Normal and Regular Conduct 
Respondent  
Issue/Question

Board was requested to revisit the issue of legislator's ability to send congratulatory letters at public expense.  Board agreed to do so.

Summary
The standards for sending a congratulatory lettter at public expense are the same in an election year as they are in a non-election year. Although there is some flexibility in identifying an "extraordinary event or honor," the constitutent must already have received the honor.  The opinion provides non-exclusive examples to assist legislators and staff.
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