House Approves Giving $79 Million for Enterprise Schools

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House has passed a bill to appropriate 79 million dollars to rebuild two tornado ravished schools in Enterprise. That includes the high school where eight children huddled in a hallway were killed.

The bill passed the House 100 to one today after a two-hour debate in which some representatives questioned whether 79 million dollars was more than would be needed to rebuild Enterprise High School and Hillcrest Elementary School. The schools were struck by the March one tornado.

Representative Richard Laird of Roanoke cast the only "no" vote. He said he felt the schools could be rebuilt for much less.

House members defeated an amendment to limit the appropriation to 40 million.

Spicer became emotional after Laird introduced his amendment and
at one point told Laird not to interrupt him.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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