Gov-elect promises focus on ethics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Republican Gov.-elect Robert Bentley says his top priority is passing ethics legislation to rein in lobbyists and make sure voters know where candidates are getting their money.

Bentley held a news conference Wednesday morning in Tuscaloosa, where he said he expects the new Republican-controlled Legislature to ban the transfer of money between political action committees. That legislation has passed the House for several years and died in the Senate.

The two-term Republican legislator said he would like to place restrictions on how much time lobbyists can spend with elected officials and have some lobbyist-free days at the Legislature.

Bentley predicted nothing will happen on gambling in the Legislature's regular session this spring because the session will coincide with the trial of 11 people accused of buying and selling votes on pro-gambling legislation.

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