Legislature passes seven ethics bills

Published 10:51 pm Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Alabama Legislature adjourned Thursday after several long days in special session, having passed a version of all seven of Gov. Bob Riley’s ethics reform bills, state Rep. Alan Baker said.

Baker, R-Brewton, said the state House met long into the night again to help wrap up their work.

“I think we were able to pass some meaningful reform,” he said.

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Among the bills that passed were a ban on transfers between political action committees and a limit on the amount lobbyists can spend on lawmakers.

Riley said he appreciated the legislators’ work.

“Passing any one of these reforms would have meant a tremendous, positive change for the way the people’s business is conducted in Montgomery,” Riley said in a statement. “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. In just one week Alabama has gone from having some of the weakest ethics laws in the country to having some of the strongest. The passage of these bills will usher in a new era of transparent, accountable and responsive government in Alabama that can begin the work of restoring the public’s trust.”