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Peduto aims to restrict gifts to Pittsburgh employees

| Wednesday, April 29, 2009

City Councilman Bill Peduto said he will seek to impose tight restrictions on the value and types of gifts that city employees can accept from people doing business with the city.

Peduto plans to introduce amendments today to a bill created by the city's Ethics Hearing Board. His version would cap the value of "nominal gifts" at $100 or less. Gifts of nominal value are permitted under the city code.

His amendments also would prohibit interested parties from offering gifts to city employees. In addition, employees would be prohibited from accepting free food and refreshments from the same interested party more than four times a year.

City Council is scheduled to take a preliminary vote today on the bill and all amendments. A final vote could take place Tuesday.

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