Democrats: Riley must stop unbid computer contract

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state Senate Democratic Caucus is urging Republican Gov. Bob Riley to stop an unbid contract with a computer company that has no Web site.

State Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville says having a computer company with no Web site is like having a phone company with no phone.

The Democratic Caucus is also proposing legislation designed to thwart contracts like the one with Paragon Source. One of their bills would require the disclosure of subcontractors on state contracts.

The other would allow the Legislature's Contract Review Committee to hold up state contracts for 90 days instead of 45. State Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery says that would allow them more time for scrutiny of questionable contracts.

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