Senate committee delays vote on ethics bill


A view of the state capitol on March 6, 2015 in Montgomery, Alabama. March 7 will mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday when civil rights marchers attempting to walk to the Alabama capital of Montgomery for voters’ rights clashed with police. The march from Selma to Montgomery was part of the plight to end voting discrimination against African Americans. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — A legislative committee has shelved ethics legislation that would allow lobbyists to give unlimited gifts to public officials.

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman on Wednesday delayed a vote on the bill that would make multiple changes to state ethics law.

The bill by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Range would do away with an existing gift ban and instead require lobbyists to report everything they gave.

Albritton said current law is confusing about what is allowed, so he believes it will be clearer to make a record of everything given.

The attorney general and head of the Alabama Ethics Commission opposed the bill.

Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton last week said the bill would “encourage corruption.”

Several senators said lawmakers should take time to weigh any changes.