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JCOPE holds meeting on government gift regulations

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Another meeting was held Tuesday for the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) at their office in Albany.

On the agenda was their proposal for gift regulations for not only public officers but lobbyists and clients, as well. This could mean stricter regulations, specifically outlining what is and what is not allowed.

State lawmakers have been under scrutiny regarding the contributions they've received. Some good government groups warn this could sway how their vote and what groups they choose to advocate for. Under the proposal, they would not be allowed to accept gifts that have any "nominal value." The proposed regulations would make it illegal to accept food or beverages valued at more than $15.

The commissioners then went into executive session Tuesday to discuss the matter in private. The proposals can be found on JCOPE's website: http://www.jcope.ny.gov/.

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