Associated Press - December 16, 2010 4:04 AM ET
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Outgoing Republican Gov. Bob Riley has won passage of 7 ethics bills that he says represent "a giant leap forward for Alabama."
The Legislature voted early Thursday morning for 2 of Riley's bills. One bans legislators from having a second job in state government or public education, except for limited exceptions, such as serving in the Alabama National Guard. The other limits for the first time the amount that lobbyists and the people who hire them can spend entertaining public officials, but it doesn't require any reporting of the expenditures.
Five other bills passed Tuesday and Wednesday. The Legislature ended its special session after completing work on the bills.