MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A committee of the Alabama Legislature
has flip-flopped twice on a two-year, $250,000 contract for lawyers
to represent the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling.
The Legislature's Contract Review Committee met Thursday to
review a contract between Gov. Bob Riley and attorneys Matt Lembke
and Michael Pennington.
Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville initially delayed
approval of the contract, but then decided to let it go. Next
Democratic Rep. John Knight of Montgomery delayed it, but he
changed his mind later in the day. Their switches allow the
governor to proceed.
Riley previously gave the lawyers two emergency contracts
totaling $200,000 to represent the task force for short periods.
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