While a state Senate panel considers further restrictions on gifts, California lawmakers reported Monday receiving thousands of dollars in sports tickets, meals, amusement park entries and other gifts, many from special interests that lobby state government.
The annual statements of economic interest for 2013 were filed Monday with the state Fair Political Practices Commission and show each state official’s financial assets as well as gifts from sources that try to influence the Legislature.
Those reporting gifts include:
— Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) received $345 worth of Turf Club admission, Directors Room entry and valet parking from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. He reimbursed the expenses but after the 30 day window for legally doing so to avoid it being a gift. He also reported $710 worth of transportation and meals from Presence Switzerland, an arm of that country’s government, for a trip to Europe also attended by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar.
— Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) reported a three-month membership worth