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Understanding the New Travel-Related Exceptions to California’s Gift Rules
December 2013

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California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) recently relaxed the rules on when a public official may accept free or discounted travel.

This article discusses the change and some tips for public agencies to consider.

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Question 5: What Kind of Gift Is It and Do Special Rules Apply as a Result?
Working Through California's Gift Rules Analysis

Certain kinds of gestures either are exempt from California’s gift rules or are subject to special treatment. These include:

  • Home hospitality
  • Informational materials
  • Inheritances
  • Emergency leave credits
  • Disaster relief assistance
  • Personalized plaques and trophies
  • Wedding gifts
  • Travel
  • Tickets/Free Admissions
  • Behested payments
  • Campaign contributions

This resource at right explains how the gift rules apply to the above gestures.

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Thank You to Our Sponsor Meyers Nave!

ILG would like to thank the municipal law firm of Meyers Nave for its sponsorship of Everyday Ethics articles in 2013.

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