Annual sham: Ala. ethics talk leads to nothing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The election-year session of the Alabama Legislature began with lots of upbeat talk about strengthening government ethics and accountability.

It ended with every piece of legislation dying.

The sponsor of a bill to ban the transfer of money between political action committees, Democratic Rep. Jeff McLaughlin of Guntersville, said it's disappointing, but not surprising.

He said his bill passes the House every year and dies in the Senate.

The sponsor of a bill giving subpoena power to the State Ethics Commission, Democratic Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery, said there
are plenty of legislators from both parties who don't want more
public scrutiny.

He calls the death of all ethics and accountability bills "a black eye on the Legislature."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Mary Location: Houston on Apr 26, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    I am looking real close at ever name in office and I think we need to fire them all,and start over in Noverber.
  • by Butch Location: Dothan on Apr 25, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    This just goes to further show the citizens of this state that the majority of our legislature is crooked. Our government is supposed to be of, by and for the people not for the politicians. They are our employees and if I had my way we'd fire every one of them and start over from scratch. An honest politician would welcome, even ask for microscopic scrutiny. Those not wanting anymore scrutiny are, by that fact alone, corrupt and need to be impeached/jailed.
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