Senate approves new rule on state gift reporting
DES MOINES (AP) — Executive branch staff in Iowa could be held to a higher standard of accountability under a rule approved Monday by the Senate that would require employees to report gifts worth more than $100 to the state ethics board.
The Iowa Senate unanimously passed the bill proposed by the state Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. The bill now awaits House approval.
Current law limits gifts public workers can accept, such as travel reimbursement or lunches, but there is no requirement to report those gifts to the ethics board. The rules would apply to employees in the governor’s office and state agencies and boards, including the Iowa Board of Regents.
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