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Bentley: ethics reform will pass, no anti-gambling task force

NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) - Governor-elect Dr. Robert Bentley said Wednesday ethics reform will pass the Alabama legislature next spring and the anti-gambling task force will be shut down when he takes office in January.

Bentley talked with reporters Wednesday morning from his campaign headquarters in Northport. He said he had already begun the process of putting together his transition team and hoped to have them named in two to three days.

Bentley also said he planned to meet Thursday with Republican leaders in the state House and Senate to discuss a variety of items, including ethics reform. He told reporters he will call a special session early next year for the legislature to pass one of the strongest ethics reform laws in the country.

"We need to do everything we can to limit the power of lobbyists in this state," Bentley said. "These rules should have been changed a long time ago."

Bentley also told reporters the anti-gambling task force created by Gov. Bob Riley would be disbanded when he took office.

"It's gone," Bentley said.  "It's just not my approach."

Bentley said he will work with the attorney general to enforce existing laws on gambling.  He also said he wouldn't mind a statewide vote on gambling in the future, as long as the proposal was not written by gambling interests.

"We have to go by what the law says," Bentley said.

Bentley said he also planned to meet with Gov. Riley within the next few days to discuss the transition. Bentley said Riley had asked every state agency to write a detailed report about their departments to submit to Bentley's transition team.  Bentley said he also planned to discuss existing business deals and proposals to make sure the state would keep its promises.

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