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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