Ethics Commission could pull back veil on BCA conference donations

February 7, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission will vote on an opinion Wednesday morning that will change the way multiple-sponsor events report gifts to lawmakers and state employees, a ruling that would close a loophole in Alabama’s ethics laws that has benefited the Business Council of Alabama.

For years now, the BCA has held an annual summer retreat at Point Clear, at which lawmakers are wined and dined and provided free rooms for themselves and their spouses. To cover the costs, the BCA solicits donations from a number of sponsors.

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Monday is Christmas Day

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 25 is Christmas. It is a state and federal holiday, so banks, schools, courthouses and other government buildings will be closed, as well as many private businesses.

The holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth over 2,000 years ago. Most Christians believe that Jesus is God made flesh. “For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.” (John 3:16)

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Remembering Christmas

December 22, 2016

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford 

What does Christmas mean to you? It’s a question that will probably get a different answer from every person you ask. Every family has their own traditions and customs that make Christmas unique to them.

Of course, certain things about Christmas are universal. For every Christian, Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. He is literally the reason for the season; the “Christ” in “Christmas.”
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Bill: Gifts to teachers OK up to $100

December 21, 2011

Staff Report

Students would be able to give teachers individual gifts worth up to $100 and gifts totaling $250 a year under legislation that has been prefiled by Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, and that is supported by Gov. Robert Bentley.

“We don’t want any teacher or parent to be worried about common sense gifts being given to teachers,” Whatley said in a phone interview Tuesday.

The legislation, aiming to address confusion concerning whether students can provide teachers gifts under the state’s new ethics law, would allow pupils or immediate family members to give “seasonal gifts … under circumstances which make it clear that no quid pro quo was understood or implied.”
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