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Pa. House leaders ban most cash gifts to lawmakers

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 2, 2014 11:14 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Leaders of both parties in the state House have banned most types of cash gifts in response to recent allegations some lawmakers accepted cash from a confidential informant in a criminal investigation. 

The House Bipartisan Management Committee has issued an "action in writing'' saying cash gifts are now prohibited as an "unwarranted privilege or exception'' under the Legislative Code of Ethics.

Cash from non-lobbyist family members is allowed. 

The one-page document was approved by the House speaker and the floor leaders and whips of both parties.  

A spokesman for House Speaker Sam Smith says the move is in response to reports in The Philadelphia Inquirer that four members accepted payments from a lobbyist wearing a wire for the state attorney general's office. No one has been charged.  

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