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Businesses Affected by "No Gifts" Law

By: Liza Park
By: Liza Park

The new law prohibits lobbyists from giving any gifts to legislators, their staff and some executive branch employees.

That includes food and drinks normally served at legislative dinners and special events.

Lobbyists and the food industry say they expect to see an impact on Tallahassee businesses.

"We may see reductions in budgets for certain events that we get to cater and that may lead to employees that get bumped or laid off down the road," says Catering Capers owner Justin Chiricos

Lobbyists in Tallahassee say that events they host during session should go on as planned, but legislators and their staff may be charged a food and drink fee in order to comply with the new law.


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