PRISON BILL FAILS IN SESSION’S FINAL NIGHT

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s prison construction bill failed on the final night of the legislative session.

Lawmakers ended the session at midnight Wednesday before a scaled-back bill, that was an attempt at a compromise, got a vote in the House of Representatives.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard said supporters did not have enough votes to cut off an inevitable filibuster. Supporters did not bring the bill up for consideration in the session’s final minutes.

Bentley had sought an $800 million bond issue to build four prisons and close most existing facilities.

A conference committee on Wednesday approved a whittled-down $550 million bill. Senators approved the smaller plan by a 23-12 vote, before it faltered in the House.

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