Ethics law lets lawmakers buy tickets to big games
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's newly toughened ethics law prohibits legislators and other state officials from receiving most free gifts, including football tickets.
But in some cases they can still buy tickets to big games, like this weekend's Alabama-LSU game, at face value. That's an advantage over most state residents since the game between No. 1 and No.2 teams has long been sold out and tickets are being scalped for more than 10 times face value.
Legislators are also able to buy tickets to Alabama or Auburn home games without making donations that other fans are required to make through "Tide Pride" or "Tigers Unlimited."
The executive director of the Alabama Ethics Commission, Jim Sumner, said the law clearly says lawmakers and other public officials can buy "anything for which they pay full value."