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Governor Riley Supports Ethics Reform Bills

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has urged legislators to pass a bill that would dramatically rewrite Alabama's ethics law.
The governor, at a news conference Thursday, wouldn't rule out
calling lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session if they
do not pass the proposed legislation in the current regular session
that ends in mid-May.
Rep. Mac Gipson of Prattville and Sen. Ben Brooks of Mobile have
introduced identical versions of the bill in the House and Senate.
The legislation requires lobbyists to fully disclose any and all
gifts to legislators and other public officials, including meals
and trips.
Riley said the conviction this week of state Rep. Sue Schmitz on
federal fraud charges should be a wake-up call to lawmakers that
the legislation is needed.


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