MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House passed a bill that
would allow the state to proceed with plans to build a new Statehouse when the economy improves.
The House voted 47-36 Thursday to approve the bill by Democratic
Rep. Richard Laird of Roanoke. The bill would allow the Legislature's Building Authority to begin acquiring a parking lot and roads behind the Capitol, where plans are to build a new Statehouse in the back of the Capitol.
Laird said the building is needed because the current Statehouse
is 46 years old and is plagued by mold problems and a leaky roof.
House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard of Auburn said the authority would not proceed with construction plans until the economy improves.
The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.