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California lawmakers send governor new gift rules after scandals
California lawmakers send governor new gift rules after scandals

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...

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