Lobbyists question clarity of new ethics law

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Montgomery lobbyists would like to see changes in Alabama's new ethics law. Some of those lobbyists say the new law is too restrictive and not clear.

Alabama lawmakers passed a new ethics law in December which limits a lobbyist's spending to $25 a day on lawmakers and $150 a year. Some lawmakers believe the law should be changed.

"It's not clear. It's kind of ambiguous what they can and can't do. They want to know if they are friends with a person and they don't talk about legislation, can they go out to dinner with them?" Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham said.

Monday afternoon in Montgomery, House Speaker Mike Hubbert and Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh of Gadsden held a news conference to say they expect some changes to the law but they will oppose efforts to undermine the tougher new law.

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