Political ethics bills to end legislative session

Aug 30, 2014 11:11 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have approved two political reform bills aimed at addressing a string of scandals in the Legislature's ranks this year.

SB1442 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, would increase the frequency of detailed spending reports that campaigns must file with the state.

Separately, SB831 by Sen. Jerry Hill a San Mateo Democrat, would ban elected officials from asking for payments on their behalf to nonprofit organizations run by their family members. It also places limits on spending campaign cash for personal purposes, such as vacations, gym memberships, utility bills and gifts to family members.

The Assembly and Senate each passed the bills early Saturday, ahead of the Sunday deadline to pass legislation. They now go to Gov. Jerry Brown.

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