Secretary Of State's Office Follows Perdue's Gift Ban Policy

The North Carolina Secretary of State's office will expand its current policy prohibiting employees from receiving gifts to include Gov. Beverly Perdue's new gift ban.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said Monday her department's ethics rules will incorporate Perdue's executive order signed last week.

Marshall's office registers corporations, lobbyists and notaries and regulates securities. She said her department's policy already banned gifts from contractors, vendors and customers.

Perdue's gift ban covered all employees in Cabinet-level agencies, but it couldn't apply to departments led by elected officials like Marshall.

Perdue asked those agencies to adopt the rules, issued after allegations Verizon Business employees gave meals and tickets to some state employees.

Marshall is running for the U.S. Senate next year.

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