At the beginning of the legislative session, Alabama lawmakers vowed to steer clear of controversy. However, they were not successful. Lawmakers adjourned the 2018 session this afternoon following a last-minute dispute over an ethics law exemption and the demise of an anti-racial profiling bill.
The House of Representatives spent much of their time debating over the bill to exempt the economic developers from the state ethics law. African-American lawmakers said they were upset that they learned from media reports that the profiling bill would not get a vote on the session’s final day.
The bill would have required law enforcement officers to record the reason for traffic stops and the race of the motorists. Lawmakers now leave Montgomery for the campaign trail. All 140 legislative seats are up for election.