Ala. Gov. wants teachers exempted from ethics law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is calling on lawmakers to amend the state ethics law to make it clear that teachers can receive seasonal gifts.

Bentley said Wednesday that "teachers shouldn't be considered lawbreakers if they receive a gift from a student." He said several state Senate leaders will co-sponsor a bill that would spell out how the ethics rules apply to teachers.

State Sen. Tom Whatley said the law needs to make clear that Christmas presents, seasonal gifts and classroom donations to teachers are "perfectly acceptable."

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