Do We Really Need a Special Legislative Session for Ethics Reform?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Now that Republicans have a "super majority" in both the Alabama House and Senate, a Democratic legislator questions why Gov. Bob Riley wants to call a special session.

Riley has said he will likely call lawmakers into session in December to consider ethics legislation. With four former Democrats switching parties Monday, Republicans have enough votes in the House and Senate to pass bills without Democratic votes.

Democratic Rep. Oliver Robinson of Birmingham said a special session will cost from $300,000 to $500,000 and is not needed because Republicans can pass the ethics bills in the regular session.

Riley's press secretary, Todd Stacy, said Robinson has overstated the cost of a special session and the state can't afford to wait to set ethical standards for legislators and state employees.

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

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