RCW 42.17 was recodified to RCW 42.17A effective January 1, 2012 (see the recodification cross-reference table).

PDC Interpretation

 

 

 

APPROVAL DATE:

 

January 23, 1996

 

NUMBER:

 

96-03

 

 

 

 

STATUS:

New

SUPERSEDES:

None

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

RCW 42.17.

APPROVED BY:

The Commission

 

 

 

 

SEE ALSO:

 

 

 

L-2 Reporting Guide

For Entertainment, Travel and Educational Expenditures

 

 

Typical Expenditures*

 

(Only permitted if receipt could not reasonably be expected to influence the performance of the officer’s or employee’s official duties.)

 

 

Expense Included on Line 5

 

 

Expense Itemized on Line 15

Give Copy of L-2 or Memo Report to Elected Official

Entertaining State Officials, Employees or Their Families:

 

 

 

         Any type of entertainment occasion costing $25 or less

Yes

No

No

         Breakfast, lunch or dinner for legislator or other state official or employee [singly or in conjunction with family member(s)] and total cost for occasion is:

 

 

 

a)      $25 or less

Yes

No

No

b)      More than $25, but $50 or less for legislator/family

Yes

Yes

No

c)      More than $25, and amount attributable to legislator/family is more than $50

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

         Reception for legislators, other officials, staff, association members, etc.

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

See Below**

         Tickets to theater, sporting events, etc. costing $50 or less

Yes

Yes

No

         Golf outing at which no more than $50 was spent on each official, including any member(s) of the official’s family

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

Travel-Related Expenditures for Officials, Employees:

 

 

 

         Travel, lodging, meals for office-related appearance or speech at lobbyist employer’s annual conference

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

         Travel, lodging, meals for office-related tour of lobbyist employer’s manufacturing plant or other facility

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

Educational Expenditures for Officials, Employees:

 

 

 

         Travel, lodging, meals, tuition to attend seminar sponsored by non-profit organization

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

Other Lobbying-Related Items:

 

 

 

         Flowers costing any amount to officials, staff and/or family

Yes

No

No

         Candy costing $50 or less per official or employee

Yes

No

No

         Golf balls, coffee cups or other promotional items

Yes

No

No

         Fruit baskets costing $50 or less per official or employee

Yes

No

No

 

 

 

 

Note:  References to employees or staff do not constitute authority to provide impermissible items to regulatory, contracting or purchasing employees.

 

 

 

9/18/96

 

*For information on whether an expense is permitted by the Ethics Law, call the Legislative Ethics Board (360/786-7540), the Executive Ethics Board (360/664-0871) or the Judicial Conduct Commission (360/753-4585), depending on what type of official or employee is being entertained.  For assistance with reporting lobbying expenditures, call PDC (360/753-1111).

 

**If the per person cost for food and beverages is $50 or less and a state elected official is not accompanied by a family member, then no report needs to be given to the official.  However, if an elected official attends with a spouse (or other family member) and the combined total for both is over $50, then notice to the official is required.  Also, if the cost for food and beverages is over $50 per person attending, then all state elected officials in attendance must be provided an L-2 Memo Report or a copy of the appropriate L-2.

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