Cash Gift Ban
26, 2014- Hanson Quickel
– Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-13) today announced
plans to introduce legislation to impose an absolute ban on legislators
accepting cash gifts from lobbyists, principals, consultants and others who
seek to influence the legislative process.
revelations and allegations about the conduct of public officials in
Pennsylvania continue to weaken public confidence in the General Assembly, it
is imperative that we make significant, immediate changes,” Senator Baker said.
“A ban on cash gifts to legislators will be a strong step forward.”
cash gifts to legislators is long overdue,” Senator Smucker said. “As recent
events have unfortunately demonstrated, Pennsylvania continues to be behind the
curve nationally in regard to strong ethics rules and laws. We must, and we
can, do better.”
addition to introducing a bill banning cash gifts, which will include U.S. and
foreign currency, money orders, checks, gift cards and certificates, and
prepaid debit and credit cards, Senators Baker and Smucker announced plans to
introduce a new Senate Rule to impose the same ban on cash gifts to Senators
and Senate staff.