Ala. Senate approves car tag for retired military

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has voted to give the state's military retirees a price break on retired military tags.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday for a bill that would waive the license taxes and registration fees when retired military and retired reservists get one of Alabama's "retired armed forces" tags.

Legislative fiscal experts estimated that would cost the state more than $350,000 annually, but proponent said it is a way for the state to thank military veterans for their service. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Jimmy Holley of Elba now goes to the House for consideration.

The Senate also unanimously approved a bill Thursday to fly POW-MIA flags at state buildings, highway rest areas and state parks.

That bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb now goes to the House. The House passed a similar bill Thursday by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark.

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