Debate on bill keeps lawmakers up overnight

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - A late night debate turned into an early morning for state lawmakers. It took them 15 hours to pass a portion of a bill in ethics reform legislation.
The issue that kept them up was the governor's bill to ban public employee payroll deductions for groups that lobby the government. Supporters of the bill say taxpayer money should not be used to help groups like the AEA collect their dues. Members of the AEA and American Federation of Teachers traveled to Montgomery Tuesday to voice their opposition.

It took until about 3:00 a.m. before final passage of the bill. The House and Senate still have to agree on the same version of the bill before sending it to Governor Riley.

Only one bill, a ban on the practice that lets lawmakers hide special spending projects, has made it to the governor's desk.
Other bills still under consideration would restrict lobbyist spending and ban PAC to PAC transfers.

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