Special session on ethics reform may be soon - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Special session on ethics reform may be soon

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A special session on ethics reform may come sooner than expected.

The day after Alabama Republicans seized control of the state Senate and House, Governor Bob Riley said he was considering a special session to help cleanup allegations of corruption.

Riley said he wants to ban PAC to PAC transfers and give the Alabama Ethics Commission subpoena power.  Riley said now may be the time to act and not wait until after Bentley is sworn in as governor.

"I think it sends a clear message to the people of Alabama we are not going to do that anymore," Riley said. "We are going to have a defining moment and from this point on we are going to do it differently."

Tuesday night, Bentley told FOX6 News he hoped Riley would not call a special session. Bentley said he wants a special session within the next regularly called session in March.  Bentley said this will save taxpayers between $300,000 to $400,000.

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