Lawmakers, other state officials disclose gifts

Written by The Associated Press | May 1, 2013 4:05 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania state lawmakers and other public officials are disclosing gifts, travel and other financial details through an annual report mandated under state law.

Elected members of the Legislature say they collected more than $43,000 in gifts, transportation, lodging and hospitality last year.

That figure is expected to rise after the remaining one-fourth of the 253-member General Assembly submits their Statements of Financial Interest by the deadline late Wednesday.

Lawmakers are disclosing travel-related costs for trips to Ireland, Arizona, Illinois, New York, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., among other places.

They're reporting free ski passes, entertainment and a membership in the Erie Yacht Club.

Most members report no freebies, and much of what's disclosed consists of trips and gifts related to their official duties.

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