"Spending Commission" Proposed

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Gov. Bob Riley is objecting to a bill that would create a legislative spending commission that would review many spending decisions by the administration.

Riley's finance director, Drayton Nabers, told members of a House committee Wednesday that the bill is a "power grab'' by Democratic leaders in the Legislature.

The bill's advocates say the Legislature has the responsibility to make sure money it appropriates is being spent as lawmakers intended.

The legislation would create a commission made up of six lawmakers who would approve the governor's decisions to spend conditional appropriations.

The House Government Spending and Appropriations Committee debated the proposal for several hours and agreed to delay the bill until next week.