BRADENTON, Fla. — After struggling against Alabama Democrats much of his eight years in office, outgoing Republican Gov. Bob Riley finally won passage of bills strengthening ethics and curbing corruption among politicians in the state.

The Legislature at 3 a.m. Thursday passed the last of seven bills proposed by Riley and adjourned the seven-day special session. Riley, who is poised to complete his second term, said the bills elevate Alabama from a state with some of the nation’s weakest ethics laws to one with some of the strongest.

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