Thursday, 20 December 2007 21:59
A new state law affects Christmas cards.
Carolina overhauled its ethics law last year in order to eliminate the
perception that lobbyists influenced lawmakers with gifts. The ethics law defines
a gift as “anything of monetary value given or received,” and officials from
the state Ethics Commission tell lobbyists that includes Christmas cards. It’s
caused a lot of debate. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties
Union, for example, is considering legal action after the holidays. The already
existing ethics law was amended this year to specifically exempt cards, flowers
or charitable contributions in response to someone’s death. There is no
exception for other kinds of cards in the law.