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.