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Ala lawmakers poised to approve overhaul of state ethics laws
By Ala. Legislature returning for possibly final day
Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature is returning for
what could be the final day of its special session on ethics, with
all the governor's proposals in position for passage.
The House is slated to vote on bills that would end payroll
deductions for public employees to support lobbying groups and that
would stop lobbyists for paying for entertainment for public
officials. Both bills were approved by a House committee Monday.
The Senate will consider bills to ban the transfer of money
between political action committees and prohibit "pass-through"
pork from being hidden in the state budgets. Senate committees
voted for the bills Monday.
Gov. Bob Riley says the Legislature is closer than ever before
to enacting laws that will change Alabama forever.