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1998 Wis Eth Bd 10 - IMPROPER USE OF OFFICE; MEALS, LODGING, TRAVEL, AND ENTERTAINMENT

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The Ethics Board advises:

(1) A state public official may accept for the official and for the
      official’s spouse transportation, lodging, meals, food, and
      beverages, or reimbursement of actual and reasonable costs,
      from a national association of which the official’s state
      agency is a member, for attendance at the association’s
      meetings to the extent that the official can clearly and
      convincingly demonstrate that the association’s payments
      are received on behalf of, and primarily for the benefit of, the
      state and not primarily for private benefit.

(2) In the normal course of business and in the absence of evidence
      to the contrary, the Ethics Board will defer to a state
      agency’s determination of whether the provision of travel
      costs for an official or an official’s spouse by a national
      association of which the state agency is a member is
      primarily of benefit to and on behalf of the state.