Bill would give ethics commission subpoena power

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill has been prefiled in the Alabama Legislature that would give the state ethics commission the power to subpoena witnesses and records.

Democratic state Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery said he prefiled the bill because he doesn't believe the commission can properly do its job without the power to subpoena witnesses and documents. The Alabama Ethics Commission has long sought subpoena power. A bill by Republican Rep.

Cam Ward of Alabaster to give the commission subpoena power was approved by the House Judiciary Committee, but died without coming up for a vote on the House floor.

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