Lobbyists' Days of Running Government Are Numbered in Alabama
Gov. Kay Ivey today banned officials in the executive branch from appointing registered lobbyists to serve on state boards and commissions.
In an executive order, Ivey said more than 100 registered lobbyists now serve on boards or commissions. The order says that lobbyists represent the interests of their clients and employers, rather than the general public. Ivey said that creates conflicts of interest and undermines the public's confidence in the government.
"Just minutes after taking the oath of office, I promised the people of Alabama that the Ivey administration would be open, transparent, and honest, and I am proud to be fulfilling that promise," Ivey said in a statement.