From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Alabama State Attorney General Steve Marshall announced a legislation aimed at strengthening the Alabama Ethics Act, also known as SB 343. The announcement was made today with Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, Senator Arthur Orr, Representative Mike Jones, and Ethics Commission Director Tom Albritton.
The announcement outlined several key points that the legislation will emphasize:
- Encourage honest people to serve in government by defining the line between legal and illegal activity.
- Create a clear and definite process through which people serving in government can obtain guidance regarding whether a particular situation falls on that line.
- Ensure that those persons who violate the public’s trust are held accountable.
“After nearly two years of work and the input from many around the state, I am pleased to join with the Legislative leadership in announcing the introduction of legislation to improve the Alabama Ethics Act,” said Marshall. “The updated Ethics Act, which was written with direct input from the Attorney General’s Office, is meant to strengthen and add further clarity to the current Alabama ethics law passed in 2010.”
The Ethics Clarification and Reform Commission will review the legislation. A copy of the proposed changes can be found here at the state government’s website.