Bill seeks to limit spending in judicial races

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill has been pre-filed in the Alabama Legislature that would limit contributions to candidates in Alabama judicial races.

The bill by state Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa will be considered after the Legislature begins its 2009 regular session on Feb. 3.

The proposed legislation comes after this year's expensive race for a state Supreme Court seat.

Republican Greg Shaw and Democrat Deborah Bell Paseur spent a total of at least $4 million.

Shaw won the seat in a close election. England's bill would limit contributions in court races from individuals or political action committees to $500 per candidate.

England introduced similar legislation that died in the last regular session.

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