By: AP
By: AP

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.


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  • by Jerald Location: Dothan on Nov 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Jay, where does it say reform is not needed? If you'd simply read, a senator is saying that a special session s not needed, thus saving badly needed funds. The reform can be addressed when the super majority party takes office next session.
  • by Jay Location: Wicksburg on Nov 24, 2010 at 05:38 PM
    We most certainly don't need ethics reform. I mean we have nothing but the most ethical people serving in our House, Senate, and State Government. I mean NONE of them would ever take MONEY to sway a vote. A Senator puts in a bill to kill gambling: later she withdraws the Bill; then, $400,000.00 just happens to show up in her bank account. Crooks in State Government??? Not on your life.
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