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"Alabama lawmakers again try to tighten campaign finance law"

AL.com reports: The Alabama Legislature has again tried to tighten up the state's campaign finance law, following up on earlier efforts that haven't worked as planned.

The Fair Campaign Practices Act, on the books since 1988, has been criticized for lacking teeth and a designated authority for enforcement.

With a bill that passed during the regular session, lawmakers gave the state Ethics Commission authority to investigate violations of the act, among other changes.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said the bill, based mostly on recommendations from a study committee, "will bring a lot more transparency and accountability to our electoral system." -- Alabama lawmakers again try to tighten campaign finance law | AL.com

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