By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Ethics Commissions is
meeting to answer some questions about the state's tougher new
ethics laws.

The meeting Wednesday is the commission's first since the Legislature passed the laws in December. Executive Director Jim
Sumner said the commission will try to clarify some points.

Some lobbyists have criticized the new laws, which limit how much lobbyists can spend wining and dining public officials. The new Republican leaders of the Legislature, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, said the laws are designed to change the political culture in Montgomery, and they won't support any changes unless they are recommended by the Ethics Commission or attorney general.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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