Ala. Senate panel delays voting on Gulf hotel bill


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama Senate committee has delayed consideration of a bill to support efforts by Gov. Robert Bentley's administration to build a hotel and conference center on the beach at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meeting was postponed Wednesday because there were not enough members present to have a quorum and conduct business. Committee Chairman Republican Sen. Paul Scofield of Guntersville says he will call another meeting either later this week or next week to consider the bill.

The legislation is a key step in the Bentley administration's efforts to attract meetings that now go to coastal convention hotels in Florida and Mississippi. It would allow the state to work with a private developer and use money from BP oil spill litigation for construction.

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