Compromise sought on $1 billion Alabama roads bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill to provide $1 billion over 10 years for road and bridge construction in Alabama is 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 to try to find a compromise. The House later voted 95-4 to have a conference committee.

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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