- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee appears poised to strip down a broad ethics bill that grew in the Alabama Senate beyond what the sponsor originally intended.

The House Ethics and Campaign Finance Committee on Wednesday discussed, but did not vote on, a bill originally aimed at preventing lawmakers from resigning to become lobbyists.

Chairman Rep. Mike Ball called what happened in the Senate a circus and says he wants to focus on the original intent.

Senators piled on a sweeping amendment that made many changes to state law. It included a ban on campaign contributions from businesses with state contracts and ending the practice of lawmakers getting tickets to top college sporting events.

Democrats said it offered real reform. Sen. Del Marsh called the amendment an effort to kill the bill.

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