Lawmakers to begin special session

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Your newly elected state lawmakers will meet in Montgomery on Wednesday to begin a special session on ethics reform.

Governor Riley wanted to call the session before he leaves office in January. He has proposed seven bills. If they passed, the new rules would mean some big changes in Montgomery.

The governor wants to drastically limit the influence of lobbyists, restricting gifts to $25 at a time and capped at $100 per year in gifts from a single lobbyist to an official or state employee. That means no more expensive dinners or legislative receptions. It would also apply to those free Iron Bowl tickets that lawmakers receive every year.

Other bills would put an end to PAC to PAC transfers and double dipping, among other things.

The lobbying limits and the special session have been major topics of discussion among lawmakers at the orientation session this week at the University of Alabama. Before heading to Montgomery later, lawmakers will attend one more meeting at UA. The keynote speaker will be governor-elect Robert Bentley.

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