Brown vetoes key bills prompted by ethics scandals

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Posted at 6:40 PM, Sep 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-30 17:06:28-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected key ethics bills that were passed by lawmakers in response to a series of political scandals.

The governor said Tuesday that politicians should be subject to constraints, but the general activities addressed in the bills already are subject to regulation and disclosure.

Two Democratic lawmakers have been suspended as they fight federal corruption charges. They are accused of trading influence for bribes and gifts.

Brown vetoed a bill that would have banned elected officials from requesting payments on their behalf to nonprofit organizations run by family members.

He also rejected a bill seeking to ban tickets and reduce the value of other gifts that can be given to legislators.