- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A House panel has passed a measure that would clarify what lawmakers have to report as gifts for travel-related expenses.

Rep. J.D. Mesnard of Chandler is sponsoring the measure that would require public officials to disclose travel-related expenses including food, lodging and conference registration fees for donations over $1,000.

Mesnard disclosed he received more than $500 in 2014 from a non-profit that writes model Republican legislation called the American Legislative Exchange Council.

He said he’s not sure if travel donations such as plane tickets count as gifts and that his measure would make it clear.

Current law requires public officials disclose gifts in excess of $500.

The House Elections Committee unanimously passed House Bill 2298 on Monday. The bill now undergoes a standard review before going to a House vote.

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