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Washington lawmakers are on the honor system when it comes to accepting free meals from lobbyists.

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Nearly two years after public radio and the Associated Press investigated lobbyist-paid meals for Washington lawmakers, the issue is still a topic of discussion in the legislature.

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Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board has capped the number of free meals lawmakers can accept from lobbyists.

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Nearly a dozen Washington state senators have signed onto a proposal that would direct legislative and executive ethics panels to clarify the rules for lobbyist-paid meals.

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An ethics panel in Washington has ruled that five Republican state senators did not violate Washington ethics law when they accepted dozens of free meals from lobbyists earlier this year.

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Washington lawmakers will soon get clearer guidance on when it’s okay to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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The staff at Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission has recommended changes to how lobbyists report their meals out with lawmakers. 

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Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board is tackling the issue of how often lawmakers can accept meals from lobbyists. The Board spent nearly two hours behind closed doors Thursday discussing a complaint against several lawmakers who dined out regularly with lobbyists last session.

The complaint was triggered by our investigation with the Associated Press into lawmakers who accept free meals from lobbyists. That’s permitted if legislative business is discussed, but only on an infrequent basis.

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Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board has launched an investigation into lobbyist-paid meals for lawmakers.

The inquiry follows our reporting with the Associated Press on lawmakers who dine out the most with lobbyists. The investigation was triggered by a formal citizen complaint filed last month – a complaint that’s just now coming to light.

It alleges five Republican state senators violated Washington’s ethics law by eating out regularly at lobbyist expense. They were the top five on our list of frequent diners.

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A public radio investigation into lobbyist paid meals has prompted an ethics complaint against three state lawmakers.

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