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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A more thorough review

Some state lawmakers said Wednesday during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee that they were concerned that some of their colleagues were trying to push through ethics legislation late in the session without due diligence.
State Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, said they all want ethics reform, but he had concerns about people pushing through bills they are calling the "governor's bill."
Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican, is supporting an ethics bill sponsored by state Rep. Mac Gipson that would significantly alter the state's ethics laws. The governor's staff made a proposal on the bill Wednesday.
Lawmakers were given last-minute substitutes to one of the two ethics proposals before them.
England said lawmakers could miss something when they are looking at dozens of pages of bills.
House members did take less than two legislative days to pass a General Fund budget.
And the Alabama Senate passed the budget to fund education in a day with no dissenting votes.
Both of those documents have dozens of pages and collectively spend more than $7 billion in taxpayer money.
The chairman of the judiciary committee, Rep. Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia, gave members an additional day to review the documents and scheduled a meeting to vote on the two ethics proposal for 9 a.m. Thursday.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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