The Massachusetts Ethics Commission states that state employees may not accept gifts and gratuities valued at $50 or more given to influence their official actions or because of their official position. Accepting a gift intended to reward past official action or to bring about future official action is illegal, as is giving such gifts. Accepting a gift given to you because of the state position you hold is also illegal. Meals, entertainment event tickets, golf, gift baskets, and payment of travel expenses can all be illegal gifts if given in connection with official action or position, as can anything worth $50 or more. A number of smaller gifts together worth $50 or more may also violate these sections.(See Massachusetts General Laws, Section 268A, Section 3.  Click here for guidance: and click here for Frequently Asked Questions:
Somerset Public Schools/Somerset Berkley Regional School District Gift Disclosure Form:  Gift Disclosure Form
Public Employee Disclosure of Travel Expenses Form:  Disclosure of Travel Expenses 
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