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      AL House Speaker accused of breaking own travel rules

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      {} {} The senior member of the Alabama Legislature says Republican Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn has broken his own ban on out-of-state and some in-state travel for lawmakers by approving a little over $7,500 in travel expenses for 28 legislators.{} {} Democratic Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery cited figures from the state comptroller and said Hubbard had violated his promise to slash travel expenses between June 8 and Sept. 30. Holmes made the statement at a news conference November 15th in his Montgomery office.{} {} Hubbard disputed the figures and said his office has approved no out-of-state travel since the ban started. He said some of the payments cited by Holmes were for out-of-state trips made before the ban started and others were in-state trips authorized by state law.

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