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
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
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.