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Lawmakers pass bill to reduce gifts from lobbyists

The state Senate approved legislation Friday to reduce the value of gifts lobbyists may give lawmakers and state officials, moving the bill forward at the end of a legislative session marked by scandal.

If approved by Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate Bill 1443, by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, would reduce to $200 from $440 the value of gifts officials can receive from a single source each year.

The measure would also prohibit state officeholders from accepting free tickets to professional concerts, sporting events and theme parks, among other venues, and from accepting golf green fees, skiing or hunting trips or spa treatments.

The bill also prohibits officials or candidates for state office from accepting cash or gift cards.

The measure, approved in the upper house without dissent, follows federal corruption charges against Sens. Ron Calderon , D-Montebello, and Leland Yee , D-San Francisco.

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