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.