Capitol Alert
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April 22, 2014

The scandal-ridden state Senate took a step toward cleaning up its image Tuesday, when a key committee approved several bills aimed at purifying the role of money in California politics.

Most of the bills were written or amended following the federal corruption investigation of Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, and the record-setting FPPC fine on lobbyist Kevin Sloat for hosting officials at his home for lavish campaign fundraisers. Pressure mounted even further on the Senate when Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was charged last month on charges that he took bribes and conspired to illegally sell weapons during a years-long FBI sting. Yee and Calderon have both pleaded not guilty in separate cases.

The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee passed the following bills with a unanimous and bipartisan vote:

* – SB 1441 by Sen. Ricardo Lara: Would ban campaign fundraisers at lobbyists’ homes, eliminating a rule that currently allows them to host events that cost up to $500.

* – SB 1442 by Lara: Would require political fundraising committees to file campaign finance reports four times a year, up from the current requirement of twice a year.

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