But the expensive private dinners after those receptions will be more difficult.
And those exclusive feasts were the ones that mattered.
The executive director of the State Ethics Commission, Jim Sumner, says the legislation will change the culture of Montgomery.
One bill passed by the Legislature in its special session places Alabama's first limits on entertaining state officials.
The legislation restricts a lobbyist to spending $25 on food and drinks for an official at one occasion and $150 in a year.
The person or group that hires that lobbyist is limited to $50 at one
occasion and $250 in a year.
But receptions where every legislator is invited are still permissible.
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