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State Senate Approves Reducing Gift Limit for Lawmakers

Posted May 19th, 2014 @ 3:41pm by KFBK News

The state Senate has approved reducing the gift limit for lawmakers by more than half in an effort to improve the Legislature's image after a string of ethical lapses and criminal charges.

The bill, which passed unanimously, reduces the $440 gift limit to $200 while banning all presents from lobbyists.

It also bans the most eyebrow-raising perks for state officials, such as massages and tickets to Disneyland.

Current law allows monthly gifts of $10 from lobbyists.

Three Democratic state senators who faced serious legal trouble have been suspended while a prominent lobbyist was fined for lavish fundraisers at his home.

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