Commission Advisory Opinions

A Formal Advisory Opinion issued by the members of the Alabama Ethics Commission answers a question based on the information and facts presented by an individual or group and protects the requestor(s) and any other person/group who reasonably relying, in good faith, on the issued opinion in a materially like circumstance from liability to the state, a county, or a municipal entity.

Advisory Opinions are available for viewing and begin with rulings from October 1, 1995 (first Advisory Opinion is 95-67) and continues to current date. You may search by the actual Advisory number (i.e. 2016-05, 2002-07, etc.; for the years 1995-1999 use only the last two digits of the year Example – 99-02, 97-15), or a relevant word, name or phrase.

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    April 26, 2017 Advisory Opinions
    May 2, 2017  -  The following Advisory Opinions were issued by the Alabama Ethics Commission on April 26, 2017.

    Special Meeting for Considering Advisory Opinions
    Apr 17, 2017  -  The Alabama Ethics Commission has scheduled a Special Meeting for Wednesday, April 26 at 9:00 a.m. for the sole purpose of considering Advisory Opinions we were unable to consider at our regularly-scheduled April meeting.

    Press Release Regarding Governor Bentley
    Apr 4, 2017  -  Today, the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause to believe that Governor Robert Bentley committed violations of both the Alabama Ethics Act and the Fair Campaign Practices Act. We have referred those matters to the Montgomery County District Attorney for further consideration and possible prosecution.