Panel OKs Holiday Cards For State Officials

Elected officials and state appointees, let nothing you dismay. You can accept cards from lobbyists that celebrate Christmas Day.

The State Ethics Commission on Friday approved unanimously a motion that makes clear that greeting cards of any kind aren't gifts as defined by state law.

Commission staff told lobbyists late last year they shouldn't send season's greetings to more than 4,000 people covered by the ethics law. The staff said those officials can't accept gifts.

The card prohibition had caught many lobbyists by surprise and frustrated legislators who didn't see the harm in receiving a card.