Friday, May 27, 2011

Government reform: Legislation banning gifts to California lawmakers dies in state Senate - latimes.com

Government reform: Legislation banning gifts to California lawmakers dies in state Senate - latimes.com

Companies lobbying state lawmakers for favorable treatment can continue to shower them with tickets to Disneyland, Dodgers games and rock concerts after legislators scuttled a bill Thursday that would have banned such gifts.

Chagrined supporters of a ban said the lawmakers showed their unwillingness to police themselves and take measures that would help restore public faith in government.

"The score is lobbyists 1, public 0," said Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause.

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