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Bill: Gifts to teachers OK up to $100

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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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