Lawmakers to Ask Ethics Committee to Clarify Ban on Gifts

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Denver (AP) Lawmakers plan to ask a newly formed Ethics Committee to clarify a voter-approved law that bans state employees from taking many gifts.

House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says the rules have left thousands of state employees in limbo over whether their children can accept scholarships and whether they can accept awards, and he says it's not fair to them. The Denver Democrat plans to ask the committee to clarify the law.

Romanoff says the committee has 20 days to respond.

The rules are part of Amendment 41, a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November 2006. They ban lawmakers from accepting gifts from lobbyists or gifts of more than $50 from anyone. They also ban gifts worth more than $50 to state employees
or their families.