HB1312 (2006) Detail

Clarifying the definition of gift as it applies to elected officials.






AN ACT relative to the definition of gift as it applies to elected officials.

SPONSORS: Rep. Weed, Ches 3; Rep. Splaine, Rock 16

COMMITTEE: Election Law


This bill clarifies the definition of gift in the prohibition of gifts to elected officials.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Six

AN ACT relative to the definition of gift as it applies to elected officials.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Definition of Gift. Amend RSA 15-B:1, II to read as follows:

II. “Gift” means any money in the form of cash, check, or other negotiable instrument of any value [or a thing of value received], or anything other than cash, check, or negotiable instrument with a value in excess of $50. “Gift” shall not include contributions as defined in RSA 664; a commercially reasonable loan made in the ordinary course of business; meals and beverages consumed in the course of official business; ceremonial gifts or awards which have insignificant monetary value; unsolicited gifts of nominal value or trivial items of informational value; reasonable expenses for food, travel, and lodging for an in-state meeting at which the elected official participates in a panel or a speaking engagement; free use of any state-owned or state-operated facility; gifts of tickets or free admission extended to an elected official to attend charitable or political events, if the purpose of such gift or admission is a courtesy customarily extended to the office; gifts of money or a thing of value received by an elected official that are purely private and personal in nature and would have been received even were the individual not an elected official, including but not limited to, gifts from relatives by blood or marriage, or a member of the same household. The term “gift” does not include income received by the official in his or her regular course of employment or business or salary, mileage, or expense payments made to the official by the state or county for performance of official duties.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


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Bill Text Revisions

HB1312 Revision: 9588 Date: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight