Saturday, August 30, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.
The California Senate and Assembly concluded their 2013-2014 legislative sessions early Saturday morning. The end was met with the usual flurry of last minute votes and arguments over the passage of bills covering a wide spectrum of issues.
Several of the last minute measures were related to ethics and campaign finance reforms.
Reforms, which come on the heels of a series of embarassing scandals plauging current Senate members.
Of interest is SB 1443 by State Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles). A measure reducing the statewide political gift limit from the current $440 to $200 per year.
Interestingly, the measure also bans an official from receiving free tickets to concert, sporting events, horse races and amusement parks. The Bill also specifically bans gifts of free golf and ski outtings.
That’s right skiing!
What a surprise. Who would have ever known that gifts of free ski outtings was ever a problem with elected officials in California?
After all, aren’t most ski excursions more than the current $440 annual gift limit?
The measure now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration.