By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014
The state Senate on Friday acted on stricter ethics rules meant to restore public confidence in the Legislature after three senators were charged with criminal wrongdoing.
Lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would reduce the limit on gifts from a single source to elected officials from $440 to $200, bar gifts from lobbyists and prohibit elected officials and legislators from accepting free tickets to professional sports and entertainment events, horse races and amusement parks.
Elected officials would also be barred from receiving free golf and skiing, as well as hunting and fishing trips, spa treatments, cash and gift cards.
“It brings in reasonable limitations that restore the public’s confidence in their political institutions and, more importantly, in their elected officials,” said Sen. Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) on Friday after the unanimous vote.
De León introduced SB 1443 as part of an effort to counter bad publicity following the suspensions in March of Democratic state Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ronald S. Calderon of Montebello and Roderick Wright of the Inglewood area.
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