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SB-1443 Political Reform Act of 1974: gift limitations.(2013-2014)

Bill Status
De León (S) , Corbett (S) , Hill (S) , Lara (S) , Monning (S) , Roth (S) , Steinberg (S) , Torres (S)
Political Reform Act of 1974: gift limitations.
An act to amend Sections 86203, 87103, and 89503 of the Government Code, relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Two Thirds Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/14 Consideration of Governors veto died on file.
09/30/14 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/30/14 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/08/14 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/29/14 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 4972.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 1443 without my signature.

The Political Reform Act, when enacted by the people in 1974, contained no limit on gifts to public officials, other than a $10 limit for lobbyists. In 1990, the Legislature imposed a gift limit with an inflation adjustment. This bill would lower that limit and create a list of gifts prohibited altogether -- adding further complexity without commensurate benefit. Proper disclosure, as already provided by law, should be sufficient to guard against undue influence.

Politicians should be subject to various constraints. I would point out, however, that some balance and common sense is required. An article authored by a former law professor of mine makes this very point with insight and clarity. See The Purity Potlatch: An Essay on Conflicts of Interest, American Government, and Moral Escalation, by Bayless Manning, Federal Bar Journal (1964), pp. 239-256.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.