Type Complaint Opinion 
Date 5/26/2011 
Number 11-01 
Topic Conflict of Interest-Private Employer 
Respondent Mike Armstrong 
Question/Complaint
When may a legislator be of legislative assistance to the legislator's outside employer?
Summary
The citizen-legislature has its basis in the State Constitution.  It is assumed that legislators will have employment outside the legislature.  A legislator cannot be paid for legislative advice or assistance beyond compensation from State.  Opinion identifies illegal employment arrangements but, absent evidence of an illegal employment arrangement, legislators may support outside employers legislative agenda.  RCW 42.52.020; 42.52.070; 42.52.110; 42.52.120.  Dismissed for lack of reasonable cause.
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