Lawmakers may change strict gift ban

TALLAHASSEE, Ala. (AP) — Some legislators want to take a new look at the gift ban passed in 2005 that keeps lawmakers from accepting anything from lobbyists and the groups they represent.

Sen. Tom Lee's efforts led to the gift ban. He says he is taking a look at revisions because some lawmakers say the ban makes it harder to interact with constituents.

Among ideas he's considering are allowing lawmakers to be guests at functions held by organizations like a chamber of commerce without having to pay. They would give notice they plan to attend and report the attendance afterward.

Sen. Arthenia Joyner voted for the gift ban in 2005, but welcomes a change. She says it's awkward when she visits a school and has to explain why she can't accept a cup of coffee.

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