Alabama Legislature Passes all Seven Ethics Bills

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Alabama legislature has ended its special session passing all seven of Governor Bob Riley's ethics bills shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday.

The approved measures will keep lobbyists from spending unlimited amounts of money entertaining public officials.

The bill limits lobbyists to $25 on one occasion but it doesn't require lobbyists to report their spending like Riley had originally proposed.

Other bills ban "pass-through pork" in state budgets, give subpoena power to the state ethics commission, ban the transfer of money between political action committees, and require lawmakers who have a second state job to give up one of the positions by late 2014.

The governor responded to the special session saying "Passing all seven of these reforms represents a sea change of historic proportions and will make Alabama the new standard for ethical government in the United States."

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