MONTGOMERY, Ala.(AP)_ The Alabama House has approved a bill that would ban the transfer of some political contributions from one political action committee to another. Critics say the process allows groups to hide the source of campaign funds.
The House also passed a bill that would make it a misdemeanor crime for state officials to hide money so it can be used later for a lawmaker's special project. The process is known as "pass-through pork."
The two bills were endorsed by Republican and Democratic Party caucuses. The measures passed easily as the House worked almost exclusively on legislation aimed at making government more accountable. Another bill passed by the House would establish a nine member independent commission to run the state Department of Transportation.
The accountability bills now go to the Senate.