Thursday, March 26, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Senate approves tighter gift bans, ethics rules

By
June 10, 2014 |

SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers on Monday approved watered-down versions of campaign finance reform and ethics bills, even as they sought to restore public trust in government as three suspended lawmakers face criminal cases.

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 run by family members.

It also bans elected officials from using campaign funds for their mortgage, rent, utility bills, clothing, club memberships, vacations, tuition, tickets for sporting and entertainment events, vehicles and gifts to family members.

However, the version that was passed did not cap the amount of travel lawmakers are allowed to receive from donors. It also imposed no ban on using campaign funds for attorney’s fees and other costs related to criminal charges.

Those restrictions were in Hill’s original proposal seeking to untangle the web of money and politics.

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

“It seems to me pretty common sense: If you can’t run for more than one office at a time, you shouldn’t be able to raise money for more than one office at a time,” Padilla said.

Lawmakers, however, rejected Padilla’s SB1101 on a 23-3 vote. The measure would have banned fundraising during budget votes and at the end of the legislative session.

Instead, the Senate passed nonbinding house rules banning fundraising during the same timeframe.

Padilla said he was willing to take suggestions and asked for lawmakers to reconsider his bill later. He also said the blackout period should apply to more than lawmakers.

Republicans who opposed Padilla’s bill said they didn’t believe such fundraising restrictions would reduce corruption.

“I don’t believe any rule is going to keep anyone who is crooked honest,” said Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine.

The bills were in response to scandals that have tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature this year. They were part of a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.

A prominent lobbyist was slapped with a record fine for illegally throwing lavish fundraisers for top elected officials at his home.

Sen. Rod Wright of Los Angeles was convicted for lying about living inside his district. Sen. Ron Calderon of Montebello faces federal corruption charges after authorities said he accepted $100,000 in bribes for friends and family in exchange for legislation, while Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco was charged with accepting bribes and orchestrating weapons and drug trafficking to help pay off campaign debts.

Both Calderon and Yee have pleaded not guilty.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Vacaville honors top cops, support staff

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
 
Kings honor Rankin, Mustangs

By Paul Farmer | From Page: A2, 1 Comment | Gallery

Fairfield mall to host first aid kit assembly party

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Fairfield PD chief to address Solano GOP

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
New meeting location for family support group

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

Padan Elementary demonstrates new school culture

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
 
 
Fairfield police log: March 24, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A7

Suisun City police log: March 24, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A7

 
Frustration permeates college contract negotiations

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A7 | Gallery

.

US / World

Vallejo woman’s story a hoax, police say

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 5 Comments

 
Deceased woman’s video supports Wolk’s bill

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Man threatened suicide before shooting officer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

.

Opinion

We deserve freedom to choose our fate

By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A5, 4 Comments

 
 
.

Living

Today in History: March 26, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 26, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: March 26, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

 
After several years, my nieces now live with their father and are miserable

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

David Crosby in car accident with jogger

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Contract not renewed for ‘Top Gear’ host

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Felicity Jones excited, tight-lipped about Star Wars role

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

.

Sports

 
Prep badminton preview: City teams making their marks

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

6 teams with 10 or more losses most ever to reach Sweet 16

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
After 1st division title in 39 years, Warriors want more

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Local report: Rodriguez boys swim past Vintage

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Rio mayor unveils controversial Olympic golf course

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Joe Gibbs’ son being treated for ‘brain function’ issues

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
America’s Cup organizers want smaller, cheaper boats

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Gomez uses offense and defense, leads Brewers past A’s

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cal to host UC Davis in 2019, Cal Poly in 2020

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Lanny McDonald selected as chairman of Hockey Hall of Fame

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Serena Williams hoping to play at Miami Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Change to extra points likely in NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Bills to honor late owner Wilson with life-sized statue

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Tulowitzki homers, Butler strong in Rockies’ win over Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Elliott heads to Martinsville to attempt 1st Sprint Cup race

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Alameda County to join talks about new Oakland stadium

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Howard Leon Carnes

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9