Riley's Accountability Plan

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Gov. Bob Riley and political experts agree that former Gov. Don Siegelman's indictment on corruption charges will have little impact on whether Riley is eventually successful with his government accountability proposals.

Siegelman was arraigned last week on conspiracy and fraud charges that accuse him of helping rig bids in 1999 for a state Medicaid program serving poor pregnant women. Siegelman pleaded innocent, along with two others who were indicted with him.

Siegelman's indictment and arraignment come as Riley considers whether to call a special session of the Legislature later this year.

The package, including everything from spending restrictions to term limits for legislators, sparked opposition from some powerful lobbying groups and died in the legislative session that ended last month.

Riley said the reasons for seeking greater government accountability existed long before Siegelman's indictment.

Riley said he won't discuss the former governor's case to push the government accountability issue.