The LMT's article coinfirms how councilman Mike Garza took a scalpel to the proposed document and made it better-for himself and his fellow council members.
In the following excerpt is detailed how Garza succeeds in: 1) increasing the $$ value of gifts he can receive and 2) expands the possibility of free admission to local events.
From The Laredo Morning Times
The proposed code, which passed on first reading, covers conduct for current elected officials and employees; contractors; and former city officials and employees.
Officials and employees are prohibited from asking for or receiving gifts from persons with city business with certain exceptions.
Those exceptions included gifts with a nominal value up to $125 in the proposed ordinance.
Among the amendments council members agreed to Monday, the limit on nominal value of gifts was raised to $250, a number that appeared in earlier drafts of the ordinance.
Councilman Mike Garza said during discussions of the ordinance that he suggested the change to align the language with state law.
Officials and employees would be restricted to receiving no more than $500 in gifts in a calendar year from one source.
Council modified another exception to gift restrictions, which allowed for admission to community events at Laredo Energy Arena, expanding the exception to all city-owned facilities if the offer is unsolicited.
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