Lawmakers debate banning cash gifts |

Lawmakers debate banning cash gifts

DENVER – A rural lawmaker wants to allow senators and representatives to keep accepting cash gifts to cover their expenses but require them to release more information, more often about how it’s being spent.Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, on Friday weighed in whether all cash gifts – including money to defray office expenses – should be banned as proposed by Senate Bill 51.Brophy said lawmakers should be allowed to receive somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000 to cover expenses like mileage out of their districts, cell phone bills and extra telephone lines. But he also said he wants lawmakers to have to report what they’ve received and how they’ve spent it every three months.He acknowledged that the current system – which limits lawmakers’ campaign contributions but has no limits on cash gifts or their amount – could be abused unless there are some limits.Debate in the Senate ended without a vote to allow lawmakers like Brophy time to suggest changes.

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