Blakeslee bill would ban gifts
May 31, 2012
A local lawmaker’s bill to prohibit lobbyists and the firms that hire them from gifting elected state officials has made it to the floor of the California Senate.
Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) coaxed his S.B 1426 out of the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. Now he will try to collect a 2/3 majority from the Upper House prior to a Friday deadline for bills to pass from their house of origin.
Blakeslee’s proposal also bans officials and members of their immediate families from accepting various kinds of gifts, including golf, hunting, and fishing outings, gift cards, spa treatments, and tickets to sporting events, racetracks or theme parks.
Also prohibited would be gifts of tickets to theaters, concerts or other entertainment venues with a value of more than $25. The prohibitions would not apply to a fundraising event for a bonafide charitable organization.
If the bill emerges from the Senate, it goes to the Assembly for consideration this summer.
UPDATE: The full Senate approved Blakeslee’s bill, 33-0 at 4 p.m. Thursday.