Ethics in Government
A Tier II Legislative Priority for the League of Women Voters of Alabama in 2009
The public should have confidence in the integrity of government - that public office is being used for the public good and not private gain.
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HB76 - Sponsored by Representatives Ward and Ball. Now Substitute 107259-1.
HB262 - Sponsored by
HB582 - Sponsored by Representative DeMarco, Canfield, Ward, McLaughlin, Collier, Black. Now Substitute 108490-1.
Sponsored by Representatives Gipson Hubbard, McClurkin, Love,
- Sponsored by Senators Barron, Means, Penn, Benefield,
Little (Z), and Mitchem
SB250 - Sponsored by Senators Little (T), Bedford, Mitchem, Barron, Coleman, Figures, Benefield, Means, Little (Z), Penn
About the legislation
The purpose of HB 76 is to amend Sec. 36-25-3 Code of 1975 to give subpoena power to the Ethics Commission.
Substitute limits to cases where complaints have been filed that have proceeded beyond the preliminary inquiry stage.
[HB262 filed in previous
to the Ethics Law: to revise the categories for reporting on the
statement of economic interests, provide further for the appointment
and confirmation of members of the Ethics Commission, allow four
members of the commission to institute a complaint, broaden the
definition of lobbying to include the executive branch, provide further
for the definitions of family member of a public employee, personal
gain, sphere of influence, and confidential information, provide for
the filing of electronic reports with the commission, and require
mandatory ethics training for public officials, public employees, and
and reorganizes existing law into nine articles; clarifies and revises
certain terms and adds new terms and definitions; amends the
appointment and confirmation process; guarantees an annual minimum
level of appropriations; calls for electronic filing of statements,
reports, notices and other required filings; calls for subpoena power
for the commission; requires disclosure of all lobbyists’ expenditures
on public officials/employees; adds registration requirements for
lobbyists who attempt to influence Executive Department agencies and
the awarding of grants and contracts.
Alabama ethics code contains a section that lays out the Ethics
Commission’s process and procedure for conducting an
investigation. This bill adds one line to that section.]
SYNOPSIS: Under existing law, there is no time period within which complaints filed with the Ethics Commission are to be investigated. This bill would provide that a complaint filed with the Ethics Commission must be investigated within 30 days from the date the complaint was filed.
SB250 Substitute 110051-1
bill would expand the definition of "lobbyist" to include a person
seeking to obtain a contract with a governmental entity on behalf of a
LWVAL supports HB262 / SB177.
supports HB582 Substitute 108490-1.
LWVAL opposes SB238 / SB298
LWVAL supports SB250 Substitute 110051-1.
HB76 was prefiled 2/3/09 and assigned to the House Committee on the Judiciary. 2/12/09 Substitute 107259-1 pending 3rd read and favorable from Judiciary.
HB262 3/5/09 passed House (95-0) and sent to Senate. 3/24/09 referred to Senate Committee on Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections. 4/16/09 2nd reading and placed on calendar; 3rd reading pending. Favorable from CCFE&E. On the Judicial Committee agenda, along with HB594, at its 4/29/09 meeting.
SB177 02/03/2009 read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections (CCFE&E). Favorable from CCFE&E. 2/19/2009 read for the second time and placed on the calendar. Pending third reading on day 7. 5/15 third reading carried over.
HB582 2/19/09 1st reading and sent to House Judiciary; 2/26/09: Read for the second time, favorable from Judiciary. Placed on the calendar Legislative Position with one substitute. Pending 3rd read. 4/16/09 2nd read and placed on calendar, pending third read and favorable from Jud. Also on 4/16/09 Speaker removed bill from calendar and recommitted to Jud. on request of Rep. De Marco. 5/07 indefinitely postponed.
HB594 read for the first time 2/24/09 and assigned to House Judiciary. On the Judicial Committee agenda, along with HB262, at its 4/29/09 meeting.
SB238 was prefiled 2/3/09, referred to the Senate Committee on Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections (Senate C&E).
SB298 filed 2/5/09, referred to Senate Governmental Affairs. Public hearing on SB 298 on 3/10/09. Committee is re-writing.
SB250 read for the first time 2/3/09, referred to the Senate Governmental Affairs. Passed GA favorable. 2/12/09 read for 2nd time and placed on calendar. Passed Senate 2/17/09 25-0. Read for first time in House 2/19/09 and referred to House Committee on the Judiciary. 3/26/09 3rd read pending favorable from Judiciary with one substitute (110051-1).
LWVAL has expressed support for HB76 Substitute 107259-1.
LWVAL has expressed support for HB262/SB177.
LWVAL has expressed support for HB582 Substitute 108490-1.
LWVAL has expressed support for HB594.
LWVAL has expressed opposition to SB238 / SB298. On 3/9/09, a letter was sent to each member of the Governmental Affairs Committee stating this opposition. Read this letter as sent to Sen. Mitchell, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. As stated above, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee is rewriting SB298. LWVAL is keeping track of this and will alert if/when there is a need for members and the public to act.
LWVAL has expressed support for SB250, now Substitute 110051-1.