HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – New limits on gifts to Pennsylvania public officials, including an outright ban on taking cash, are in a bill that’s made it out of a legislative committee.
The House State Government Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to advance the proposal, which puts an annual limit on the cash value of gifts and hospitality that public officials, public employees or candidates can accept.READ MORE: Eagle Escapes From Pittsburgh's National Aviary, Whereabouts Currently Unknown
The vote came after Republicans pushed through a party-line vote to add an exception to let lobbyists give birthday or wedding presents.READ MORE: Steelers LB T.J. Watt Downgraded Due To Injury, Will Not Play Sunday Against Cincinnati Bengals
Gifts generally can’t total more than $50 from one person in a calendar year, or hospitality, transportation or lodging worth $500 a year.
The bill provides other exceptions, allowing gifts from family members or “gifts exchanged between public officials or public employees on a voluntary basis.”MORE NEWS: Port Authority Approves 5-Year Agreement To Let Pitt, Chatham Students, Faculty And Staff Ride For Free
(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)