BRADENTON, Fla. — Alabama Gov. Bob Riley asked lawmakers in Washington to consider legislation that would provide debt guarantees for a refinancing that would help Jefferson County avoid a “massive default” on $3.2 billion of sewer debt, an event he warned would reverberate through the municipal bond market.

The governor made the request in a letter Tuesday to House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., and the ranking Republican on the committee, Spencer Bachus of Vestavia Hills, which is in Jefferson County.

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