Ethics law cutting into baseball ticket sales
The Montgomery Advertiser reports: As baseball season arrives in Montgomery, there is still a business buzz about the Biscuits, but fewer businesses are treating customers to games at Riverwalk Stadium because they are afraid of violating Alabama's ethics law.
State legislators blame misinterpretation of the law for the perception that businesses could be targeted for giving sports tickets to public employees, like teachers and state workers. Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, said the resulting uproar is an example of "legislating a problem that didn't exist before."
It's a situation that has frustrated people such as Realtor Sandra Nickel, who planned to offer Biscuits tickets to customers as "thank you gifts."
"We had to be extremely careful what we did last year with the tickets because of this crazy new law," Nickel said. "This is the state capital. We have a lot of state employees as clients. We have county and city employees as clients, military employees, federal employees -- and the idea that maybe it will get us or them in trouble is a little scary."-- Read the whole story --> Ethics law curveball | The Montgomery Advertiser | montgomeryadvertiser.com