Ohio GOP Representative Introduces a Bill to Require Gift Details and Limit Travel for Lawmakers

May 1, 2018

A Republican state representative plans to introduce a bill later this week that would change the rules under which lawmakers accept gifts and would ban subsidized international travel. This comes in the wake of the resignation of former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, who has hired an attorney to deal with inquiries from the FBI. 

Republican Rep. Niraj Antani declined an interview request about his new bill but told the Dayton Daily News it would require lawmakers to list descriptions of the gifts they receive, the travel they accept and the free meals they’ve eaten.

Right now, lawmakers file financial disclosure statements when they receive gifts worth more than $75.

While Antani’s legislation bans international travel paid for by third parties, it would still allow them to pick up domestic travel costs for lawmakers.

This is the second bill Antani has sponsored in the last week. The first would require schools to include information about fetal development and abortion in health curriculums. Antani is running against two challengers in next week’s Republican primary.