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Ala. Legislative Panel Subpoenas Computer Pact

Montgomery, AL – A legislative oversight committee has voted to subpoena the records of a company that holds $13 million in contracts for state computer work even though it has no business phone listing or Web site.

The Legislature's Contract Review Committee voted 4-1 during a special meeting Wednesday to subpoena records showing who received money from the state Finance Department's contract with Paragon Source LLC. The panel also wants to know what work was done by the company.

This is the first time the committee has used its power to subpoena records in the 25 years since it was formed.

The company's president, Janet Lauderdale, did not attend. Her attorney gave the committee a list of names of about 35 people he said worked on the contracts, but did not disclose their pay.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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