Alabama Senate Votes to Toughen State Ethics Law

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Senate has passed a bill to toughen the state ethics law, but it went far beyond what the Senate's Republican leader had proposed.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh had proposed a bill to prevent former lawmakers from lobbying the Legislature for two years after they leave office.

Democratic Sen. Hank Sanders proposed amending Marsh's bill to prevent any former state official from lobbying for two years after leaving office. His proposal also tightened the rules on public officials getting tickets to college sporting events at face value.

When Marsh realized he couldn't stop Sanders' version, he got the Senate to pass it 33-0. The bill now goes to the House, where some Republicans predict it will be rewritten to reflect Marsh's original bill.

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