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


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.


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.


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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