Palin signs bill OKing compassionate gifts

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2008

JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a bill lifting a $250 limit on compassionate gifts to lawmakers describing the effect of the monetary cap as nonsensical and surreal.

The provision appeared to bar legislative staffer Sue Stancliff from donating a kidney to Rep. Richard Foster because the associated costs of the transplant exceeded the limit.

The provision was added to law last year as part of a 43-page ethics bill.

Lawmakers this year voted unanimously to lift the limit, while still requiring such gifts be reported and approved.

Palin signed the bill Wednesday. She said her office will continue to study the new ethics laws to make sure they don't have other unintended consequences.

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