Ala. Senate Committee Passes Bills Amending Ethics Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee has approved two bills that will make major changes to the ethics law the Legislature enacted in December.

The Senate Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics and Elections Committee voted unanimously Tuesday for the two bills. One would require lobbyists and the people who hire them to report to the State Ethics Commission how much they spend on lodging, travel and meals for public officials who attend approved events.

The other bill would add the word "corruptly" to portions of the law that prohibit public officials and employees from soliciting anything to influence an official action. That change was recommended by the Ethics Commission and attorney general. Commission Executive Director Jim Sumner says it would cure problems with vagueness in the new law. The bills go to the Senate.

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