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For Immediate Release: December 6, 2010

Scofield and Long discuss Special Session on Ethics

If Gov. Bob Riley’s ethics reform package is passed as is in a special legislative session that begins Wednesday, it will be one of the strongest in the country, according to District 27 Rep. Wes Long.

Riley, whose two terms as governor ends in January, said that last month’s elections give a historic opportunity for ethics reform.

“The opportunity to enact real reforms has never been better and the need has never been greater,” Riley said in a press release announcing the special session.

Governor-elect Robert Bentley issued a press release saying he supports the special session.

Long and Sen. Clay Scofield both support the reform package.

“If this package passes, Alabama should be in the top five in the country when it comes to ethics reform,” Long said. “It will change the face of Alabama government forever. A lot of thought went into this, and it’s going to be good for everyone.”

Long said he plans to sponsor a bill banning PAC-to-PAC transfers, a piece of legislation Marshall County residents should be very familiar with.

For the past eight years, former District 27 Rep. Jeff McLaughlin sponsored the bill, which passed the House of Representatives each year only to die in the Senate.

Scofield and Long say the bill will pass in the special session.

“It’s a total ban on transfers,” Scofield said. “It’s very strong.”

“I couldn’t even give money out of my campaign account to (Scofield’s) account,” Long said.

“It’s that good.”

Also included in Riley’s package of reform legislation are bills that will:

It’s OK, but it needs to apply to candidates as well,” he said. “After a candidate is elected, he’s elected. What good is it? I might offer an amendment to this bill to include candidates.”

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