According to the Los Angeles Times, special interests have continued to shower California legislators with hundreds of thousands of dollars in freebies, including foreign travel, golf games and concert tickets, as efforts to rein in gifts to elected state officials after a series of corruption scandals have stalled.
There is currently a $470 cap on individual gifts. Nonetheless, the Times says gifts to legislators and other elected state officials have averaged about $700,000 annually in recent years.
Governor Brown and the four top legislative leaders disclosed receiving more than $70,000 in gifts.
There have been six bills in the last decade that sought to restrict gifts. None have become law.