washington state ethics board

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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Legislative Trips
6:37 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Washington Ethics Ruling Could Lower Bar For Foreign Trips

Washington state Senator Pam Roach appears on Azerbaijani television during a trip in May to strengthen relations between the U.S. and Azerbaijan.
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A Washington lawmaker’s trip to the Middle East in 2013 was legitimate legislative travel – not an illegal junket. That was the ruling over the weekend from the state’s Legislative Ethics Board.

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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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