Sen. Mark Nelson (D-Ala.) wants to “clean house” of the office of the Alabama Attorney General, and he wants the office to be more independent.
He told AL.com that he will hold a hearing Wednesday to introduce a bill to that effect.
The Alabama Senate on Tuesday voted down Nelson’s proposed legislation to abolish the AG’s office and replace it with an “independent” one.
The bill is titled the “Law Enforcement Accountability Act of 2017,” and it would allow for “a greater degree of independence” in the office.
Nelson said his bill “would be a step in the right direction” toward the AG being “more independent, more focused on protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
He said he hopes it will be approved by the full Senate before lawmakers leave for their summer recess.
The AG, Luther Strange, was appointed by former President Donald Trump.
He was appointed in 2018 by former Alabama Gov.
Robert Bentley (R).
Strange, who is now the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, has been under fire since it was revealed that he was paid more than $1.6 million by a political donor in the last year of his term.
Bentley resigned amid a corruption scandal.
Nelson is a Republican who was elected in 2018 and re-elected in 2020.
He is currently challenging Democrat Doug Jones for the seat vacated by Luther Strange.