MONTGOMERY, AL - Governor Bob Riley is outlining details of a proposal he has submitted that is "a total and complete" overhaul of the state's ethics code.
The Alabama Code of Public Ethics, which is sponsored by Senator Ben Brooks and Representative Mac Gipson, would bring greater transparency to dealings between lobbyists and public servants, prevent conflicts of interests, and empower the state's Ethics Commission to enforce the law.
Governor Riley first announced the ethics reform proposal during his State of the State Address earlier this month.
"This is the most sweeping overhaul of the state's ethics code since it was adopted in 1973. This new Alabama Code of Public Ethics will be a powerful check on the self interests of public servants and the special interests," said Governor Riley.
Legislators who joined Governor Riley at Thursday's news conference included bill sponsors Brooks and Gipson and co-sponsors Senator Arthur Orr and Representative Richard Laird.
Among the bill's provisions are: