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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 8, 2017 11:29 AM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Gift Ban for Public Officers (former HB 1933)
In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation – former House Bill 1933 – to amend Title 65 (Public Officers) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which will prohibit public officers and candidates for public office from accepting certain gifts, hospitality, transportation and lodging from lobbyists, lobbying firms, or the principals they represent.

Due in part to accusations concerning elected officials accepting cash and other gifts, there has been an outcry for changes to ethics laws in the Commonwealth. Our constituents have asked that we be accountable for our actions on every legislative matter. Accordingly, last session, I introduced legislation, House Bill 1933. I plan to introduce the same bill prohibiting public officers or candidates from receiving, accepting, taking, seeking, or soliciting, from any lobbyist, lobbying firm, or the principals they represent, any of the following:

* A gift with either a fair market value or actual cost greater than $50; or
* Hospitality, transportation, or lodging that has a fair market value or actual cost greater than $500

The legislation does allow exemptions including gifts from relatives or friends, informational material, awards, prizes, honorary degrees, training, educational missions, bequests, inheritances, plaques, trophies, or donations for promotional purposes.

As elected officials, it is our sole responsibility to represent the needs of our constituents and to serve their best interests. In order to maintain their trust, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard, and demonstrate that all public officials will be held accountable for their actions.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB570