Fewer than half of the 2016 General Assembly reported accepting free meals, entertainment, travel or gifts valued at more than $50 between May and October, according to the latest conflict disclosures.
Some 72 of 140 members reported no gifts.
While recent metrics have shown legislators are less likely to report gifts than in the past, it's difficult to provide a precise comparison with the past. This was first time legislators reported for a six-month period that covers May 1 through October 31. Comparing with past filing periods is difficult because forms do not require lawmakers to provide the date of each gift.
In addition, legislators are required to disclose "Payments for talks, meeting and publications" that exceeded $200. These include some dinners, entertainment and travel that legislators do not report as "gifts" because these events helped educate them about issues or enhanced their knowlege and skills as a legislator.
Feb. 3, 2016
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