Gov. Bob Riley seeks to overhaul ethics laws in the state’s “war on corruption.”
Riley’s proposal, among other things, would:
— Require the registration of lobbyists who lobby the executive branch.
— Cap what lobbyists can spend on a public official’s meal to $50 or an aggregate value of $200 from any one source during a calendar year.
— Give subpoena power to the Alabama Ethics Commission.
— Prohibits public servants from accepting gifts or any thing of value over $25 from lobbyists, state contractors, and others interested in government action. There would be some exemptions such as doughnuts and coffee and discounts and normally made available to the public.
— Require lobbyists to report all spending and financial transactions with public officials.