Alabama special session wraps up

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has given final approval to a bill to levy a new occupational tax on workers in Alabama's most populace county.

The bill went to Gov. Bob Riley, who signed it later Friday afternoon.

The Senate on Friday voted 12-9, with 10 senators abstaining, to adopt the tax.


It would levy a .45 percent tax on all of the county's workers, replacing a more than 40-year-old occupational tax that has been thrown out by the courts.

The bill now clears the way for more than 1,000 laid-off county workers to return to their jobs and restore county services that have been curtailed.

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