March 6, 2014
Lawmakers called a press conference to announce a package of bills to make major upgrades to government accountability rules and practices. Senator Ricardo Lara and Kevin de Leon have filed Senate Bill 1441 through Senate Bill 1444 as spot bills, with the intention to add substantive provisions at a later date.
The bills will include a ban on fundraisers at lobbyists’ homes and a ban on all gifts from lobbyists.
There is also a proposal to lower the current non-lobbyist gift limit of $440 to $200 for state and local officials.