Special Session: Alabama Prison Plan Closer to Final Vote

Alabama lawmakers could soon give final approval to a $1.3 billion prison construction plan that would be partly funded with pandemic relief dollars.

The Senate Finance and Taxation Committee on Thursday advanced the construction plan and related financial bills, including a proposal to tap $400 million from the American Rescue Plan for the project.

The approval put the bills in line for final approval Friday.

Republican Sen. Greg Albritton said the $400 million for prisons is a necessary expenditure and represents a fraction of the total pandemic relief dollars coming into the state.

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