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California lawmakers OK new campaign rules for water board members
California lawmakers OK new campaign rules for water board members

Lawmakers on Wednesday approved new campaign rules in response to a controversy involving the political activities of suspended Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, both Democrats from Montebello. The legislation, which now goes to the governor, would bar elected water board members throughout California from accepting campaign contributions of more than $250 from donors with business pending before their boards. The bill also would require board members to abstain from voting if they have accepted such a donation in the previous year. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) proposed the rules in response to reports by The Times that the...

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