House to vote on ethics bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama House committee will vote Thursday on legislation pushed by Gov. Bob Riley that dramatically rewrites the state's ethics law.

The House Judiciary Committee spent more than two hours Wednesday debating two similar bills that would make a number of changes to strengthen the law setting ethical standards for public officials.

The proposed legislation would require lobbyists to report all money spent on legislators and other public officials.

That includes expenses as small as a cup of coffee or a soft drink. Several lawmakers expressed concern they had not had enough time to study the complicated bills.

The committee chairman, Democratic Rep. Marcel Black of Tuscumbia, agreed to give committee members a day to study the issue.

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