Senate Democrats to take up roads bill again
Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron said that he expects the Senate to take up debate on a $1 billion road and bridge proposal on Thursday morning.
Republicans were able to stop the roads bill earlier in the session, arguing against taking $1 billion over 10 years from the state's oil and gas trust fund. Senators debated the bill for several days.
Barron, sponsor of the bill, has said it would create 30,000 jobs over the next decade and improve safety on Alabama road and bridges. If approved by lawmakers, voters would decide in November if they want to use $1 billion from the oil and gas trust fund.
Republicans have said they oppose raiding the trust fund.
Lawmakers approved an amendment that would not let the corpus of the money dip below $2 billion.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen