Section 8-6-51

Membership; qualifications and appointment of commissioners; use or disclosure of confidential information by commissioners, employees, etc.; civil liability of commissioners.

(a) The Securities Commission shall consist of the Attorney General of Alabama, the State Superintendent of Banks, the State Superintendent of Insurance and four other members appointed by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Two appointed members shall be members of the Alabama Bar Association appointed from a list of three nominees for each position submitted by the bar association, and the other two appointed members shall be certified public accountants appointed from a list of three nominees for each position submitted by the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. The membership of the commission shall be inclusive and reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state.

(b) No person may be appointed to or by the commission while he is registered as a dealer or salesman under Article 1 of this chapter, while he is an officer, director or partner of any person so registered, while he is an officer, director or partner of an issuer which has a registration statement effective under Article 1 of this chapter or while he is occupying a similar status or performing similar functions.

(c) It is unlawful for any member of the commission, the director or any other officer or employee of the commission to use for personal benefit any information which is filed with or obtained by the director and which is not made public. No provision of this article authorizes any member of the commission, the director or any other officer or employee of the commission to disclose any such information except among themselves or when necessary or appropriate in a proceeding or investigation under this article. No provision of this article either creates or derogates from any privilege which exists at common law or otherwise when documentary or other evidence is sought under a subpoena directed to any member of the commission, the director, or any other officer or employee of the commission.

(d) Except upon proof of corruption, no commissioner shall for his acts or his failure to act be civilly liable to any investor, applicant for registration, or any other person.

(Acts 1969, No. 740, p. 1315, §2; Acts 1996, No. 96-749, p. 1320, §3.)