Compromise sought on $1B Alabama roads bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill to provide $1 billion over 10
years for road and bridge construction in Alabama appears headed to
a legislative conference committee to try to work out differences
between the House and Senate.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron of Fyffe got
passed by the House on Tuesday night with amendments adding many
projects. The Senate voted 26-1 Wednesday not to go along with
changes and to have a conference committee of six legislators try
to find a compromise. The House still has to agree.

The legislature has two more meeting days to try to find a
compromise on the bill.

The bill is a constitutional amendment that would spend $100
million per year from a state savings account called the Alabama
Trust Fund.

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