Gov. Ivey targets lobbyists in latest executive order

Gov. Ivey targets lobbyists in latest executive order

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed an executive order Thursday that targets registered lobbyists. Ivey signed Executive Order No. 4, which prohibits any officials in the executive branch from appointing a registered lobbyist to serve on a state board or commission.

Ivey released a statement after signing the order that reads:

“Just minutes after taking the oath of office, I promised the people of Alabama that the Ivey administration would be open, transparent, and honest, and I am proud to be fulfilling that promise. 

“As Governor I, and my office, have the responsibility to appoint members to various boards and commissions; this executive order ensures that we will no longer appoint registered lobbyists to those positions. To have a government for and by the people, the people should be appointed to serve on state entities, not lobbyists who have an interest in representing their client rather than representing the folks of Alabama.” 

Ivey's order contends that lobbyists, by definition, do not have the People's best interests at heart, but rather those of their clients or employers. By banning lobbyists from serving on any executive agency, the order seeks to eliminate conflicts of interest that may arise.

The only exception to the order is for that of the governing boards of the state's four-year colleges and universities. Those boards can choose if they want to be subject to Executive Order 4.

In the order, Ivey fell back on the state's declared policy [page 12] that in a democratic government, "public servants should be independent and impartial and that there be public confidence in the integrity of government."

Read the entire Executive Order 4 below.

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