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Alabama: Iron Bowl tickets as an ethics problem

The Birmingham News reports: Jim Metrock pulled out a binder. Inside was page after page of contact information for members of the Alabama Legislature, with symbols and codes that only he can decipher. This is how he tracks which legislators plan to accept free tickets to Friday's Iron Bowl. ...

Legislators get free tickets to other events. But because it was the Iron Bowl, Metrock saw an issue he could use to promote ethics reform.

Iron Bowl tickets have a face value of $65. StubHub, an online ticket site, reports its average Iron Bowl ticket on the open market is selling for $394, up from $248 a year ago. ...

Metrock wrote to nearly every legislator and candidate, asking them not to accept free tickets and a parking pass from the University of Alabama. He wrote several times to Alabama, asking it to change its policy. He wrote to and met with the Alabama Ethics Commission, asking members to change their interpretation of the law. -- Read the whole story --> Iron Bowl 75: Crusader Jim Metrock seeks to end free-ticket tradition for Alabama Legislature | al.com

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