WASHINGTON - Los Angeles County, provoked after some recent bad brushes with unauthorized vendor lease sales, plans to push a bill in the California Legislature next year that would outlaw such deals within the state and impose criminal penalties on the violators, county officials said.

With about $2 billion of public lease offerings on the drawing board, it is critical that the county control what is said about us in the marketplace," said Sharon Yonashiro, the county's director of public finance, before the fall meeting of the Association for Governmental Leasing and Finance in Tucson earlier this month.

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