9:13am

Thu August 13, 2009
WVAS Local

Panel Reacts to Drugs Found At Statehouse in 2006

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Members of a panel of legislators who
supervise administrative activities in the Alabama House say they
should have been notified when two pounds of marijuana were found
in a Statehouse office in December, 2006.
The panel known as the House Council agreed that in the future
House Clerk Greg Pappas should notify the chairman of the council
about such incidents. House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton of
Birmingham is the current council chairman.
House Speaker Seth Hammett said the incident shows that House
policies need to be changed to prevent a similar incident from
happening.
Pappas told council members he did not try to cover up the
incident and didn't initially tell the council or other House
leaders because he was trying to handle it as an administrative
matter.

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