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A crackdown on giving California legislators and other elected officials free tickets to professional sporting events, concerts, amusement parks and other such entertainment died quietly today.

Senate Bill 1426, by Republican Sen. Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo, was shelved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill will not reach the Assembly floor and no member of the committee will record a vote on it.

SB 1426 would have banned lobbyist employers from giving legislators or other elected state officers free golf, ski, hunting, fishing or other outings, as well as gift cards or tickets to professional sporting events, theme parks, or racetracks.

State law already places strict limits on gift giving by lobbyists and by lobbying firms. SB 1426 would have extended such restrictions to groups that hire them to affect public policy.



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