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Measure to close loophole on lawmaker freebies passes state Senate

Thursday, May 31, 2012

One small step today toward turning off the spigot of free gifts that state lawmakers rake in for themselves. The state Senate, by a 33-1 vote, approved a measure to close a loophole that lets lobbyists’ employers each give a lawmaker up to $420 a year in goodies. They’ve come to include tickets to the Warriors and Lakers, Giants and Dodgers, golf at Torrey Pines, you name it.

Add: Elected officials have accepted $4 million in gifts in the last decade, even though lobbyists themselves are restricted to providing $10 or less in gifts per month, PolitiCal says. The measure by state Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) now moves to the Assembly.
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