California lawmakers pass 2 campaign reform bills

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Updated: 8/18/2014 9:17 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers have approved two bills designed to strengthen California's campaign laws, including one adopted after a lobbyist was fined for hosting fundraisers at his home.

SB1443 would outlaw gifts from lobbyists and reduce the annual overall gift limit for lawmakers from $440 to $200. It also would ban the most extravagant types of gifts, such as sports and concert tickets, for elected officials and legislative staff.

The measure follows $133,500 in fines levied by the state's campaign finance watchdog this year against lobbyist Kevin Sloat's firm, partly for hosting fundraisers that exceeded the $500 limit. It passed the Assembly 66-0 and returns to the Senate.

Also Monday, the Senate approved a requirement that campaign commercials disclose when actors are being used. AB510 now returns to the Assembly.

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