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General Rule: Kansas Statute 46-237(a) prohibits the solicitation or acceptance of gifts, economic opportunities, loans, gratuities or special discounts given because of a person's official position.


  1. Value less than $40 AND is given at a ceremony or public function where accepting because of the person's official capacity; or,
  2. From relatives or personal friends unrelated to official capacity; or
  3. If received on behalf of the state and becomes property of the state not the person; or,
  4. Received from state agency as reward or other form of compensation (at KU, withholding occurs for any University reward/compensation of a value of $40.00 or more).

Examples of Prohibited Gifts: Including, but not limited to speaker's gifts, pens, key chains, mugs, and flowers.

Note: This prohibition applies to gifts, discounts, etc even when given by the employing state agency, unless one of the above exceptions applies. (Ethics Commission Opinion No. 2002-08)

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