Governor's ethics reform legislation introduced

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A far-reaching ethics reform bill that would limit what lobbyists can spend on legislators and other public employees to $25 a day has been introduced in the Alabama Legislature.

The bill includes the ethics reform proposals Gov. Bob Riley made in his "state of the state" speech before the start of the current session of the Legislature.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Mac Gipson, a Republican from Prattville, is one of several ethics reform bills being considered in the Legislature. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that rewrites the state's ethics law for the first time since 1995. That bill would require legislators and other state officials to receive ethics training and would make it easier
for the Alabama Ethics Commission to initiate its own ethics investigations.

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