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EXECUTIVE ORDER 55-DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
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Whereas, it is essential that the people of Alabama have faith and trust in their government; and

Whereas, our citizens are best in a position to evaluate government and its workings when they have full and complete access to information; and

Whereas, the information currently available to the public does not include the disclosure of all persons who stand to benefit from projects undertaken in the name of the State.

NOW THEREFORE, based upon considerations, and for other good and valid reasons which relate thereto, I Don Siegelman, Governor of the State of Alabama, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Alabama, do hereby direct that all requests for proposals (RFP's), invitations to bids (ITB's), contracts, proposals, and grant proposals with the State of Alabama, shall include a disclosure statement requiring a contractor or grantee to list any relationships of the contractor/grantee or its employees, with public officials and public employees, and family members of public officials and public employees who stand to benefit from said contract, proposal, RFP, ITB or grant proposal.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that the disclosure statement shall include a description of any financial benefit that may be gained by any public officials, public employees, and family members of public officials and public employees that may result either directly or indirectly from the contract/grant.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that such disclosure statement shall also require the contractor/grantee to list any and all paid consultants and lobbyists for said contract, proposal, RFP, ITB or grant proposal.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that the disclosure statement shall be developed by the Alabama Ethics Commission.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that one copy shall be filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission and one copy shall be submitted with the contract, proposal, RFP, ITB or grant proposal, and if the disclosure statement pertains to a contract, a copy of the disclosure statement shall be submitted to the Legislative Contract Review Committee.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that such disclosure statement shall be made under oath and penalty of perjury.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that to the greatest extent allowed by law, the State of Alabama will not enter into any contract to appropriate any public funds with any entity that refuses to provide such information.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that this Executive Order shall become effective for any contract or grant submitted on August 1, 2001 or thereafter, and shall remain in effect until amended or modified by the Governor.

DONE AND ORDERED the 6th day of June, 2001.

(Signed by Gov. Don Siegelman)