Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

January 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Ethics Commission withdraws McCalla opinion after charities line-up

December 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In a unanimous vote on September 1, 2016, the Alabama Ethics Commission issued advisory opinion 2016-24, which it believed clarified the question regarding public officials soliciting lobbyists and principals for contributions to a charitable organization, operating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The issue was raised by the nonprofit group, Friends of McCalla.

After approving the opinion in a 5-0 vote, the Commission gave a 30-day window for public comment; however, it was extended past the 30 days to December 7.
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Roy Moore Bolts Hearing; Judges to Hear Appeal Selected

October 28, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It didn’t take long for the Alabama Supreme Court judges lottery to turn contentious.

Before the court clerks even began to draw the names of the retired judges who will be asked to hear Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal of his suspension from the bench, Moore’s attorney interrupted to point out that a motion to continue the proceedings hasn’t yet been heard. That motion challenges the Supreme Court justices’ authority to select the judges, since the judges have recused themselves from the case.
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