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The Fair Political Practice Commission will consider at its Dec. 10 meeting tightening gift disclosure rules to prevent lobbyists from currying favor by giving freebies and presents to elected officials' spouses and children.

Susan Ferriss has more on the staff recommendation that the commission expands gift disclosure and limit rules to include gifts to elected officials' families in today's Bee:

"What we're looking at is the attempt to influence" state legislators, their aides and certain other local and state officials in California, Roman Porter, executive director of the commission, said Monday ...

The recommendation stems from concerns about "the uses and abuses of gifts," Porter said. It also stems from a staff review of the ethics of a retired Orange County Superior Court judge donating $25,000 in college tuition to the son of a local government employee and a court commissioner.

A Bee analysis conducted earlier this year showed that leaders, their staff and family had accepted more than 12,000 gifts worth more than $833,000. Click here to search The Bee's interactive database of reported gifts.

Related: Click here to read about the FPPC's $12,500 settlement with CalPERS board member Charles Valdes over campaign contribution limit violations. You can read about the commission's recommended fines for Assemblyman Joel Anderson and the Fresno County Republican Central Committee here.



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