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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

House Passes Amended Ethics Overhaul Bill

After more than five hours of debate and nearly 20 amendments, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would overhaul the state's ethics law.

In a 102 to 0 vote, House members passed a twice substituted bill sponsored by Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville. The bill would keep lobbyists from spending anything to influence public officials, but would allow those that hire lobbyists to spend up to $50 per occurrence, or $100 a year.

The bill will now return to the Senate where it will likely be sent to a conference committee.

Some of the House amendments include a provision that would ensure that lawmakers would not be in violation of the ethics law if they eat and drink at a wedding reception, or receive sports tickets whose fair market value exceeds their face value.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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