Senate Bill 206 was a bill introduced to the Alabama Senate by Senator Ben Brooks which would amend and reorganize the existing law located in Chapter 25 of Title 36, the Alabama Code of Ethics to be more comprehensive and clear.
Current bill status
This bill was under review by the Economic Expansion and Trade Committee.
Support for the bill
The bill amendments have been divided into 9 categories with various pieces of the old legislation being moved to fit the new classification and other pieces being added. The 9 categories are as follows:
- General Provisions - this section defines all the terms used in the bill, states findings of the legislature and outlines the spirit of the policies in the bill.
- State Ethics Commission - this section of the bill outlines the duties, powers and responsibilities of the State Ethics Committee. This includes length of term designations and procedures for filling vacancies.
- Complaints and Investigations - this section of the bill outlines the procedures the Ethics Committee should use when dealing with a complaint.
- Misuse of Official Position - this section defines what misuse of official position is, and outlines the expectations of public officials.
- Gifts, Meals, Travel, etc. - this section defines what gifts a public official can receive, including meal and travel expense reimbursement of complimentary service.
- Conflicting Financial Interests - this section outlines what conflict of interest is in relation to public service.
- Financial Disclosures - this section provides for financial disclosure of public employees who fall under certain job titles or make more than $50,000 a year.
- Lobbyists, Principals, and Others Interested in Government Action - this section of the bill requires lobbyists to register with the state and give a list of subject matters they intent to lobby for.
- Violations – Reporting and Penalties - this section requires transparency in the form of a state report annually and outlines penalties for anyone violating any of the above clauses.
Criticism of the bill
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