15.43 ACCEPTANCE OF ADVANTAGE BY STATE EMPLOYEE; PENALTY.
Subdivision 1. Financial interest of agents.
No employee of the state or of the University
of Minnesota in direct contact with suppliers or potential suppliers to the state or the university,
or who may directly or indirectly influence a purchasing decision or contract by establishing
specification, testing purchased products, evaluating contracted services, or otherwise has official
involvement in the purchasing or contracting process may:
(1) have any financial interest or have any personal beneficial interest directly or indirectly in
contracts or purchase orders for goods or services used by, or purchased for resale or furnished to
a department or agency of the state or the university; or
(2) accept directly or indirectly from a person, firm, or corporation to which a contract or
purchase order has been or may be, awarded, a rebate, gift, money, or anything of value other
than items of nominal value. No such employee may further accept any promise, obligation or
contract for future reward.
Subd. 2. Textbooks exempted.
Textbooks, software, and other course materials authored by
an employee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities or of the University of Minnesota
may be used as required course material. Instructors in state institutions and at the university may
accept free samples of textbooks and related teaching materials.
Subd. 3. Other exemptions.
The commissioners of human services and corrections may
by rule prescribe procedures for the acceptance of gifts from any person or organization,
provided that such gifts are accepted by the commissioner, or a designated representative of the
commissioner, and that such gifts are used solely for the direct benefit of patients or inmates under
the jurisdiction of the accepting state officer.
Subd. 4. Penalties.
A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.
History: 1973 c 349 s 2; 1973 c 400 s 1; 1975 c 321 s 2; 1982 c 560 s 7; 1984 c 654 art 5 s
58; 1986 c 444; 1996 c 398 s 1,2