Prison Construction Proposal
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's prison construction proposal is facing its first legislative test. Governor Bentley is asking lawmakers to approve an $800-million bond issue to build four new prisons and close most existing facilities. Some members of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee questioned aspects of the project during a public hearing today. Some lawmakers say they have concerns about the state's ability to afford the project. Bentley has said the state can repay the bond issue out of the savings. The committee is expected to vote next week.