Man oh man, it doesn’t get any better than this. This should be taking place in Louisiana during the days of Huey Long.
Back in the good ol’ days — that would be December — Alabama’s brand new ethics law made it illegal for public officials to ask for or receive anything from those who want to influence them.
“It’s a new day in Alabama,” then-Gov. Bob Riley proclaimed.
Man. That new day seems short. It’s starting to feel a lot like yesterday…. Because last week an Alabama Senate committee, seemingly worried it might have put too much restriction on the influence trade, passed along a bill that would, in a word, turn back the calendar.
That word was … corruptly.
Right. They want to insert the word “corruptly” into the law in hopes of making it cleaner and clearer. … The law passed in December said a public official shall not “solicit or receive anything for the purpose of influencing official action.”
If this bill passes, in the name of clarification, it will say public officials shall not “solicit or receive anything for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action.”