State Senate panel approves gift-ban restoration

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Mar 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate subcommittee on elections has unanimously approved restoring a gift ban that was softened last year.

The exception passed last spring allowed lawmakers to get lobbyist-purchased meals at receptions as long as all legislators were invited.

The new law would take effect immediately if the full Senate approves it.

The panel's vote today followed a full House vote, 126 to 3, earlier this month to restore the gift ban.

Under the state's prior gift ban, lawmakers had to reimburse sponsoring group or lobbyists for the cost of meals.

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