March 16, 2011 Implementation Deadline for New Ethics Law

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In December 2010, the Alabama Legislature passed sweeping ethics legislation. This alert is focused on the primary changes to Alabama’s lobbying and gift laws. For most entities, two new provisions will have the greatest potential effect and will require the most thoughtful consideration:

  • The expansion of the definition of lobbying to include “promoting or attempting to influence the awarding of a grant or contract with any department or agency of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state government.” (emphasis added); and
  • The prohibition on any public official or employee (state, county and local – approximately 290,000 people in Alabama) soliciting or receiving “anything” from any person (not just lobbyists or principals) “for the purpose of influencing official action. . .” (emphasis added).

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