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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Senate passes $1 billion roads bill

The Alabama Senate passed a bill that, if approved by the House of Representatives and voters, would take $1 billion over the next decade to help improve roads and bridges in the state.
The Senate passed the bill 25-10 on Thursday. Democratic lawmakers previously failed on multiple occasions to pass the measure.
Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, has said the bill would create jobs while improving safety on Alabama roads and bridges.
Republicans had expressed concerns about taking money from the state's oil and gas trust fund.
Lawmakers did approve an amendment that would not let the corpus of the fund dip below $2 billion. Republican Sen. Ben Brooks of Mobile tried to increase that floor to $2.5 billion.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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