Gifts, travel for board mem­bers re­stricted

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - BUSINESS -

The Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Au­thor­ity on Tues­day im­posed new re­stric­tions on gifts and travel to board mem­bers in re­sponse to a Las Ve­gas Re­view-journal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Board mem­bers voted 9-0 to limit the value of gifts they are al­lowed to re­ceive from the au­thor­ity and its ven­dors to $400 a year. The board also elim­i­nated a rule that had re­quired its mem­bers to travel an­nu­ally to mul­ti­ple events out­side of Las Ve­gas.

Five board mem­bers were ab­sent from the meet­ing.

Any board mem­ber who takes more than one trip a year must now seek the chair­man’s ap­proval. A board mem­ber will also re­view gifts to staff un­der the new pol­icy.

“It was a very se­ri­ous and com­pre­hen­sive ex­er­cise,” board mem­ber and Las Ve­gas Metro Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Kristin Mcmil­lan said of the re­forms.

Since April, the Re­view-journal has found hun­dreds of thou­sands of tax dol­lars spent on travel and gifts for board mem­bers, al­co­hol for clients and lux­ury items for staff.

The pol­icy changes also re­quire the board to re­view ex­pense ac­counts for the agency’s CEO and le­gal coun­sel but do not ad­dress staff ex­penses.

Arthur Kane

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