Key senator talks employee buyouts, law enforcement consolidation, paying back trust fund

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Lead Senate Republican Del Marsh said on Wednesday that priorities for the upcoming legislative session include moving forward with buyouts for state employees, consolidating nearly three dozen law enforcement agencies, and passing a plan to pay back the money borrowed through the Sept. 18 referendum. He said they are also considering overhauling the organization of [...]

Voters overwhelmingly approve of transferring $437 million

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With looming threats of medical facilities closing, thousands of state employees losing their jobs, and the state needing to release more than 9,000 inmates if funding was not available for certain state programs, Alabama voters approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that will move $437 million into a state budget to support those programs over [...]