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Senate approves tighter gift bans, ethics rules

Senate approves tighter gift bans, ethics rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a package of campaign finance reform and ethics bills in response to three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.

But lawmakers on Monday watered down a proposal to ban fundraising at certain times of the year.

Senators approved SB831 by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo on 35-1 vote. It requires new disclosures for travel-related gifts and would ban elected officials from requesting payments on their behalf to nonprofit organizations.

The Senate also approved SB1103 by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles on a 33-1 vote. It bars candidates from fundraising for more than one state office at a time.

Lawmakers rejected Padilla's SB1101, which would ban fundraising during budget votes and at the end of the legislative session, instead approving nonbinding rules.
   

 

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