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Should there be a crackdown on legislative gifts?

Should there be a crackdown on legislative gifts?

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This year's amount is slightly down from last year's reported spending of $109,030. Meanwhile, there was a steep decrease in public disclosure of which elected officials take lobbyist largesse. Just $10,608 of the gifts -- 10 percent -- are tied to named lawmakers or executive-branch officials. That is half the disclosure during last year's session. Many of the state's 104 lawmakers defend the practice of taking Jazz tickets, meals, golf rounds and other freebies from lobbyists. But it appears few want to be personally identified as taking such goodies.

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