BRADENTON, Fla. — Outgoing Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has called a special session of the Legislature to deal with ethics reform that he has sought, but failed to pass, during his eight years in office when Democrats were in the majority.

Riley, a Republican term-limited out of office, said he called the special session, which starts Wednesday, to capitalize on momentum generated by the November general election. Republicans who campaigned on implementing tougher ethics laws won their first majority in both chambers of the Legislature in more than 100 years in those races.

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