Ala. Legislators Seek To Clarify Workers' Gifts

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to clarifying the value of gifts that can be given to state employees and public education employees.

The Legislature rewrote Alabama's ethics law in late 2010 to allow only gifts of minimal value, but the law didn't give an amount. That caused questions about students' gifts for teachers. The House recently passed a bill to allow gifts of less than $25 in value.

The Senate Constitution and Elections Committee rewrote the bill Tuesday to allow gifts of $25 or less and to allow a total of $50 in gifts from one person in a year. Committee Chairman Bryan Taylor of Prattville said he wanted to limit gifts to special occasions. The bill now goes to the Senate.

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