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California Senate approves ban on many gifts to officials
California Senate approves ban on many gifts to officials

California officials would have to say “no” if offered free tickets to a Beyoncé concert, Dodgers game or Disneyland, under new gift rules approved Monday by the state Senate. The new rules, which were sent Monday to the Assembly for consideration, would also mean no more free golf games at Pebble Beach, ski trips to Mammoth Mountain or spa treatments in Carmel. The restrictions, which would also ban gifts from lobbyists and reduce from $440 to $200 the maximum value of other gifts that may be accepted, were drafted by a special Senate Ethics Working Group set up in  response to a series of scandals in the state Senate. "The gift ban targets gifts that...

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