State Law Applying to Elected Officials

Members of state legislatures are subject to a number of rules pertaining to conflicts of interest, most of which relate to disclosure of specified types of information. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, every state except for Idaho, Michigan, and Vermont requires members of the legislative body to file personal financial disclosures. The majority of states also require disclosure of other types of information, such as the names of clients or the names of certain debtors or creditors. The following is a summary of some of these requirements.

ALABAMA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal any indebtedness to banks, savings and loan associations, insurance companies, mortgage firms, stockbrokers, bond firms, or other specified organizations.

ALASKA: State law requires disclosure of names of clients who have an interest in legislation or in other specified instances. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of the sources of loans or loan guarantees. Certain gifts must also be disclosed.

ARIZONA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain debtors and creditors. The names of the sources of gifts of more than $500 must also be disclosed.

ARKANSAS: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain debtors and creditors. The sources and amount of gifts of more than $100 must be disclosed.

CALIFORNIA: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $50 must be disclosed.

COLORADO: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain cred-itors. The name of the source of certain gifts of more than $25 must be disclosed.

CONNECTICUT: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors.

DELAWARE: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $250 must be disclosed.

FLORIDA: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. Legislators must reveal every liability that is greater than the legislator’s net worth. The name of the source of any gift of more than $100 must be disclosed.

GEORGIA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. The sources and actual amounts of honoraria must be disclosed.

HAWAII: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of certain gifts of more than $200 must be disclosed.

IDAHO: State law does not require a personal financial disclosure.

ILLINOIS: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. The name of the source of any gift of more than $500 must be disclosed.

INDIANA: State law requires disclosure of the names of clients who the legislator has represented before a state agency for a fee. The name of the source of certain gifts of more than $100 must be disclosed.

IOWA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients.

KANSAS: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. The name of the source of any gift of more than $500 must be disclosed.

KENTUCKY: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $200 must be disclosed.

LOUISIANA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients.

MAINE: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. Legislators must reveal the source of any unsecured loan of $3000 or more. The name of the source of any gift or honoraria must be disclosed.

MARYLAND: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of certain gifts of more than $100 must be disclosed.

MASSACHUSETTS: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of certain gifts of more than $100 must be disclosed.

MICHIGAN: State law does not require a personal financial disclosure.

MINNESOTA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Officials may not accept gifts from lobbyists.

MISSISSIPPI: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients.

MISSOURI: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. The name of the source of any gift of more than $200 must be disclosed.

MONTANA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients.

NEBRASKA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $100 must be disclosed.

NEVADA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $200 must be disclosed.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. The name of the source of any gift or honorarium of more than $50 must be disclosed.

NEW JERSEY: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. The sources of any fees, honoraria, travel expenses, or other prepaid expenses must be disclosed.

NEW MEXICO: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients.

NEW YORK: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. The name of the source of any gift of more than $1000 must be disclosed.

NORTH CAROLINA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors.

NORTH DAKOTA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients.

OHIO: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $75 must be disclosed.

OKLAHOMA: State law requires disclosure of the names of clients who the legislator has represented before a state agency for a fee. The name of the source of any gift of more than $200 must be disclosed.

OREGON: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $100 must be disclosed.

PENNSYLVANIA: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $250 must be disclosed, as well as the source of any travel reimbursement of more than $650 for a single trip.

RHODE ISLAND: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $100 must be disclosed.

SOUTH CAROLINA: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of certain gifts of more than $200 per year must be disclosed.

SOUTH DAKOTA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients.

TENNESSEE: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. The name of the source of certain gifts must be disclosed.

TEXAS: State law requires, in some instances, disclosure of the names of legislator’s clients who are also lobbyists. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $250 must be disclosed.

UTAH: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients.

VERMONT: State law does not require a personal financial disclosure.

VIRGINIA: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients, including lobbyists. The name of the source of certain gifts and travel expenses must be disclosed.

WASHINGTON: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $50 must be disclosed.

WEST VIRGINIA: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $100 must be disclosed.

WISCONSIN: State law requires disclosure of the names of certain clients. Legislators must reveal the names and addresses of certain creditors. The name of the source of any gift of more than $50 must be disclosed.

WYOMING: State law does not require the disclosure of the names of individual clients.


Inside State Law Applying to Elected Officials