If an item is produced under the printing and communications entitlement with another Federal parliamentarian, can the costs be met from my office budget?
Yes, provided that all requirements for the printing and communications entitlement are met and the costs are shared proportionately between the Senators and/or Members.
Can I use the printing and communications entitlement to pay the full costs of printing and/or distributing material produced by another Senator or Member?
No, an entitlement provided to one parliamentarian cannot be bestowed upon another Senator or Member solely for the benefit of the other Senator or Member. For example, a Senator cannot meet the full cost of production and/or distribution of a publication on behalf of the Member under his or her printing and communications entitlement, even if the Member is from the same state that the Senator represents.
However, Senators and Members may proportionately share the cost of printing and/or distributing material under their respective printing and communications entitlements where the material is for the parliamentary or electorate purposes of both parliamentarians.
When distributing material under the printing and communications entitlement, can I include material that has been produced by a state parliamentarian or local government representative in the same envelope, and have the distribution costs met from my office budget?
Yes, provided that you can demonstrate that the material produced by the state parliamentarian or local government representative is for parliamentary or electorate purposes and is not for party business or commercial purposes.