There is some confusion over the exact nature of this law, namely whether it was indeed a single law or two. Lex Baebia de Praetoribus mandated the election of four and then six praetors in successive years. This law, however, was never observed. A second, Lex Baebia de Ambitu, involved combating electoral bribery. Both laws had a similar purpose. The laws were championed by the plebeian consul M. Baebius Tamphilus in 181 BC.