As far as I know, it is not allowed down here in Houston. I think that they guard against that type of activity at all levels of government. I will add that if anyone out there is feeling the need "gratuitize", I'm always in the mood to receive. Especially if it is in the form of........cash.
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Re: Do City, State, and Government Officials ..#16203 11/07/0209:29 PM11/07/0209:29 PM
As an individual, I am not suppose to accept any gratuities or gifts. If however the general contractor of a big development wants to bring if a gift basket for the whole construction dept. Then I guess it is OK. (Not anyone is getting anything special. We are all sharing the gift basket.)
Re: Do City, State, and Government Officials ..#16204 11/07/0210:06 PM11/07/0210:06 PM
Joe: It's an ethics violation to accept any gratuities as an inspector. It's also a legal violation within the State of New Jersey.
Now, on the other hand, as a contractor (not within the township that I am employed by (part time), nor any town that "touches it's borders, I'm open for gratuities. (Kidding of course)
As to harold's comment re: the gift basket, a jesture of "good will" to the Construction Dept office is a nice touch. IMHO, each individual town Construction Official should be aware of any "goodies" and make an individual decission.
Re: Do City, State, and Government Officials ..#16205 11/07/0210:51 PM11/07/0210:51 PM