The Latest: Committee approves smaller prison bill
A conference committee has approved a whittled-down prison construction bill after legislators expressed concern about the original $800 million price tag on Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal.
The committee on Wednesday night unanimously approved a $550 million bond issue to build three new prisons. Bentley had initially sought an $800 million bond issue to build four prisons and close most existing facilities.
Republican Sen. Trip Pittman said the compromise bill would seek to build two men's prison and one for women.
The bill faces a rapidly closing window to win approval on the last night of the legislative session.
The Alabama Senate and House of Representatives must both approve the bill before the session concludes at midnight.
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