Another source of income for legislators seems to be illegal now
The Montgomery Advertiser reports: The chairs of the state Legislature?s ethics committees sent a letter to their colleagues Thursday saying the acceptance of referral fees from lobbyists is ?unquestionably illegal? following the passage of an ethics reform package last December.
Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville and Rep. Mike Ball, R-Huntsville, said that ?while such practices may have gone on in the past,? the passage of Senate Bill 14 in last year?s special session ruled them out.
?The new Ethics Code makes it patently illegal for a public official or public employee to accept anything from a lobbyist ? or for a lobbyist to offer anything to a public official or public employee ? unless the item is expressly allowed by law,? the letter states. ?Referral fees are not allowed.?
Lobbyists pay referral fees to legislators who send potential clients to them. The practice has come up in the trial of nine people accused in a scheme to bribe legislators over gambling-related legislation. -- Read the whole story --> Legislature's ethics chairs say referral fees are 'unquestionably illegal' | The Montgomery Advertiser | montgomeryadvertiser.com