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05/27/2011 02:06 pm ET | Updated Jul 27, 2011

Lawmakers To Continue To Allow Gift-Giving From Lobbyists

Reporting from Sacramento -- Companies lobbying state lawmakers for favorable treatment can continue to shower them with tickets to Disneyland, Dodgers games and rock concerts after legislators scuttled a bill Thursday that would have banned such gifts.

Members of a state Senate committee cited the $204,000 annual cost of enforcing such restrictions among the reasons they abandoned the proposal.

Chagrined supporters of a ban said the lawmakers showed their unwillingness to police themselves and take measures that would help restore public faith in government.

"The score is lobbyists 1, public 0," said Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause.

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