Ethics reform expected to pass in special session

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Supporters of ethics reform appear to have the votes to pass the governor's sweeping plan in the special session.

On Wednesday night, Governor Riley called on the newly elected legislature to pass his reform bills. For years, he has unsuccessfully pushed for dramatic changes in the way politicians receive benefits and campaign contributions.

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.

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