Alabama senator proposes using COVID-19 cash to fund new State House

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State Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh speaks about the BP oil spill settlement during a special legislative session, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP/WDHN) — Alabama lawmakers say they expect a special session later this year on how to use the state’s coronavirus relief funds.

The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate said an idea to build a new Statehouse should be “part of the discussion.”

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said legislative leaders gave Gov. Kay Ivey a preliminary list of ideas that included $800 million for broadband access across the state and $200 million for a new Statehouse. Marsh said his priority is rural broadband access.

He said the Statehouse idea construction idea isn’t a top priority but should be discussed if other needs are met. 

Ivey released a statement last week criticizing such a measure, saying that CARE Act funds were not meant to be used by legislatures for that reason.

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