MONTGOMERY —  The Alabama Senate is still reviewing legislation passed by the House that changes some of the state's ethics laws.

House Bill 227 (HB227), sponsored by State Rep. Matt Simpson (R-Daphne), passed the House by a 79-9 margin on April 2. The Senate hasn't taken any official action on the bill yet.

"The Senate continues to review and research the ethics legislation passed by the House of Representatives. Alabamians deserve strong ethics laws, and our goal while reviewing this legislation will be just that," State Sen. Pro-Tem Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said in a statement to 1819 News on Thursday.

The bill hasn't been assigned to a Senate committee yet, according to the Alabama Legislature's website. 

"I don't know what's going to happen," State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) said on Thursday when asked about the bill's prospects in the Senate this session. "My suspicion is that it will move but it's up to what other people do."

There are five days left in the 2024 legislative session. Simpson declined to comment.

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