Lawmakers end session with tensions, eye on elections

Lawmakers end session with tensions, eye on elections
Lawmakers could make a second attempt to vote on legislation that would require police officers to record the race of stopped motorists and why they stopped the person. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers had vowed to steer clear of controversy this legislative session. They found it anyway.

Lawmakers adjourned the 2018 session Thursday afternoon following last-minute disputes over an ethics law exemption and the demise of an anti-racial profiling bill.

The House of Representatives spent much of Thursday in debate over the bill to exempt the economic developers from the state ethics law.

African-American lawmakers said they were upset that they learned from media reports that the profiling bill would not get a vote on the session's final day. The bill would have required law enforcement officers to record the reason for traffic stops and the race of the motorists

Lawmakers leave Montgomery for the campaign trail. All 140 legislative seats are up for election in 2018.

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