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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
6:45 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Ethics Board To Consider If Lawmakers Should Report Free Meals

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Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board has capped the number of free meals lawmakers can accept from lobbyists.

Now the Ethics Board will consider whether lawmakers must report those meals. A meeting is scheduled for December 2.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

12 Lobbyist Paid Meals Per Year Now Cap For Lawmakers

The state’s Legislative Ethics Board limits lobbyist paid meals per year.
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Starting in January, Washington lawmakers will be barred from accepting more than 12 lobbyist paid meals per year. The state’s Legislative Ethics Board adopted that limit today after months of public hearings and deliberation.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:48 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ethics Board Settles On 12 Lobbyist-Paid Meals Per Year

Washington state's Legislative Ethics Board voted Tuesday to allow lawmakers to accept a dozen lobbyist-paid meals per year.
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Washington lawmakers will be allowed to accept a dozen lobbyist-paid meals per year but no more. That was the vote Tuesday from the state’s Legislative Ethics Board.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Washington Legislative Ethics Panel To Consider Free Meals Rule

Washington state's Legislative Ethics Board aims to answer how many free meals lawmakers can accept from lobbyists on Tuesday in Olympia.
Credit Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network

Washington state law allows lawmakers to accept gifts of food and drink on infrequent occasions. But the word “infrequent” has never been defined.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:56 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Ethics Panel Gets Earful On Lobbyist-Paid Meals For Lawmakers

Washington lawmakers are allowed to accept free meals on an “infrequent” basis.
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How often is “infrequent” when it comes to state lawmakers accepting free meals from lobbyists? Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board spent nearly two hours Tuesday taking testimony on that issue and then grappling with the answer.

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Inslee's Billionaire Partner
8:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Washington Governor Finds Wealthy Partner In Fight Against Climate Change

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he and Steyer spoke about a special state Senate election in 2013.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

There’s a lot of debate these days about unlimited money in politics - and whether it corrupts the process. But does it matter who’s giving the money? And what their motivation is? In Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee has found a wealthy partner in his fight to combat global climate change. He’s California hedge fund founder Tom Steyer – a man the L.A. Times says may be the “liberals’ answer” to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports on Inslee’s connection to this out-of-state billionaire.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
8:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Richard Hodgin of Seattle testified in favor of stricter free meal rules for Washington state lawmakers.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

By next January Washington lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:16 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Lobbyist-Paid Meals Legislation Appears To Die In Washington Statehouse

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Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:15 pm

It looks like Washington lawmakers may adjourn their 60-day legislative session without addressing the issue of lobbyist-paid entertainment.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington Senators Want Ethics Boards To Define ‘Infrequent’ Meals

Washington law allows state lawmakers to accept free meals from lobbyists on an “infrequent” basis.
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Washington’s ethics boards should define how often lawmakers can dine out at lobbyist expense. That’s the consensus of nearly a dozen state senators. They’ve signed onto a proposal that would direct legislative and executive ethics panels to clarify the rules for lobbyist-paid meals.

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Washington Lobbyists
4:42 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Free Meal Complaint Against Lawmakers Dismissed, 'Serious Concerns' Remain

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Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:54 pm

An ethics panel in Washington has ruled that five Republican state senators did not violate Washington ethics law when they accepted dozens of free meals from lobbyists earlier this year.

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