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Bentley to revive ethics if special session fails

Legislators prepare for the upcoming session during a meeting in Tuscaloosa. Legislators prepare for the upcoming session during a meeting in Tuscaloosa.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Gov.-elect Robert Bentley has told Alabama legislators that he will revive the ethics issue in a March session if their special session starting Wednesday afternoon is not successful.

Bentley spoke to legislators Wednesday morning in Tuscaloosa before they headed to Montgomery to start the special session on ethics issues called by outgoing Gov. Bob Riley.

Bentley said he supports Riley's decision to call the special session with the newly elected, Republican-controlled Legislature, before Bentley takes office. He said he was not involved in writing any of the seven bills Riley is proposing.

Alabama legislators will hear a speech by Gov. Bob Riley as the session starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

After some preliminary business, legislators will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Riley's seven bills, and the governor will address the lawmakers.

Riley says he believes the new Republican-controlled Legislature is eager to pass the bills and bring what he calls "a sea change" to Montgomery politics. But some legislators say they have lots of questions about Riley's proposals.

This is the first special session since 1942 where an outgoing governor has called a newly elected Legislature to Montgomery. Riley leaves office Jan. 17. The Legislature begins its regular session March 1. 

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