"The way these reforms were sold to the public is that there was a big concern with lobbyists. I don't remember anyone being concerned about a teacher getting a $10 gift certificate from Target," said Montre D. Carodine, a law professor at the University of Alabama. "There's some concern that this law has gone too far. It's a time-honored tradition, being able to give a teacher a gift for the holidays."
"I learned about this reading the newspaper," she said, adding that "there would have been an outcry back then" if the public realized the full implications of the act while it was being debated.