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Committee prepares to review Ala. gov contracts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State legislators who say they're
concerned about several high dollar contracts, including some for
people connected to Gov. Bob Riley, are preparing to discuss the
agreements this week.
Contracts include $400,000 for Riley's former finance director
and $250,000 for lawyers to help the governor's task force on
gambling.

State Rep. Marc Keahey, D-Grove Hill, is chairman of the
contract review committee and said he is concerned about the amount
of the contracts and that they came while the state is in a hiring
freeze.

The Alabama Department of Revenue wants to double the two-year,
$400,000 contract with former Finance Director Drayton Nabers, who
was appointed by Riley to be chief justice of the Alabama Supreme
Court in 2004.

He is representing the state in an ongoing lawsuit concerning
taxes.


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