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PA Gift Ban Bill Passes House Panel


HARRISBURG – The PA House State Government Committee approved legislation to ban public officials and employees from accepting cash gifts, prohibit the receipt of most gifts valued at $50 or more, and lower the threshold required to report hospitality, lodging, and transportation. House Bill 2519 would amend the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. Exceptions include gifts from a family member or close friend; campaign contributions; informational or educational materials; awards or prizes won as the result of competitions open to the public; honorary degrees; an honorarium; trainings; voluntary gifts exchanged between officials and their staffs; or something of de minimis economic impact such as a T-shirt. The bill would also reduce the threshold for reporting gifts from $250 to $50 and the threshold for reporting transportation, lodging or hospitality from $650 to $100.  The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

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