UPDATE: Franklin to veto ethics bill:
“I clearly am planning to veto it,” Franklin said Wednesday evening. “There is no way that we can erode the public confidence by going back to pre-2002 standards.”
The new law, approved Monday, would allow any of the city’s elected officials, appointed board members and more than 8,000 employees to accept meals from lobbyists and anyone else doing, or seeking to do, business with the city. The only limit is that the meals cost $75 or less. There is no limit on the number of meals per day, nor on the total cost of multiple meals.
City employees and officials also would be allowed to accept tickets to local events valued up to $100, provided they do not sell or trade those tickets. And for both meals and tickets, staffers do not have to publicly disclose the gifts.