Senate approves proposal for new prison funding

Published: Apr. 6, 2016 at 12:59 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 14, 2016 at 12:59 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - On Tuesday, Rep. Ed Henry (R) filed articles of impeachment for Governor Robert Bentley's removal. While that resolution was being filed, lawmakers were busy in both chambers.

Senate lawmakers approved the Governor's proposal to spend 800 million dollars to build four new prisons, which would replace all but a handful of the state's existing facilities. This plan counts on finding enough savings by shutting down the older facilities, essentially funding the bond for all construction for the new facilities.

Democrats and some Republicans who oppose the plan argued these facilities will already be overcrowded the day they open and say this plan doesn't do enough to address other issues inside the state's prison system. While Bentley and supporters of the plan call this a bold move to address a glaring need of unsafe and overcrowded prisons.

This approval provided the one win of the day for Gov. Bentley as the House of Representatives vetoed many of the Governors' other bills.

Lawmakers also overrode the Governor's veto of their general fund, setting up a showdown most likely in a special session over where to find the almost 85 million dollars Medicaid says it needs to survive next year.

The senate also approved a bill that would put new caps on how much interest payday lenders can charge you and give you more time to pay that loan back.

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