Ala. Democrats form 2010 agenda

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- The 2009 legislative session is in the books and Democrats are already talking about next year.

The state senate democratic caucus held a news conference Wednesday on its priorities for 2010.

Among those, removing the state sales tax on groceries, expanding unemployment benefits and providing $1 billion for highway construction. All three measure narrowly failed in this past session.

"The agenda that the Democratic caucus has set and the agenda that we have passed through the legislature indicates that we are in touch the needs of the majority of people and their concerns," said Senate President pro tempore Rodger Smitherman.

Smitherman also expects the proposals to do better because next year is an election year, and three vacant senate seats will be filled by then. Those seats had been held by democrats.