City Council is one step closer today to getting its $99 gift limit – almost double the amount recommended by the ethics board – after Council President Darrell Clarke’s bill was swiftly punted out of committee with an A-OK.
Members of the committee on rules and government were not persuaded by the ethics board or the Committee of Seventy’s stricter recommendations on gift limits a city worker can accept. The measure now goes before the full Council Thursday for consideration.
The city currently has no hard limits on the value of gifts elected officials or their staff can accept. Both Clarke and the ethics board agree to no cash gifts.
“Obviously, you know that the board of ethics has been grappling with agonizing detail over what the city’s gifts rule should be,” said Ellen Kaplan, vice president and policy director for the Committee of Seventy.