Free meals and other gifts received by Kansas City elected leaders and city employees would be subject to new limits and greater transparency under proposed ethics rules.
Nearly two years after Mayor Sly James was elected and proposed the changes, the City Council is working through proposed new language concerning conflicts of interest, travel expenses and gift reporting.
The proposed gift rules frustrated some council members, who are treated to meals and tickets often and trips out of town occasionally. Currently, they must disclose all gifts over $200, but there is no limit on the size of those gifts. The reforms would lower the reporting requirement to $50 and set gift limits at $3,000.