The Ethics Board advises that consistent with the statutes that the Ethics Board
1. As long as a business that employs a lobbyist accords the privilege of
serving clients on its premises and using its facilities to all members of a
legislator’s profession living in the area of the business, and the
legislator remains a member of that profession, the business may
continue to extend that privilege to the legislator.
2. For a lobbying principal’s sibling corporation, the members of whose
board of directors are identical to the principal’s board of directors, to
furnish salary, compensation, or payment to a legislator, these two
conditions must be present:
a. Any salary, compensation, or payment that a sibling
corporation provides or arranges for the legislator is
independent of any services he provides for, at the behest of,
or for the benefit of the lobbying principal.
b. The principal’s sibling corporation must arrive at its decisions
about whether to employ the legislator, and to determine his
salary and compensation, and the nature, scope and hours of
his employment, independent of the principal. As long as both
organizations are under the direction and control of boards of
directors comprising the same people, the Ethics Board thinks
it likely that as a matter of law, the sibling corporation cannot
meet this condition.