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Senate committee advances oil spill settlement bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Senate committee has advanced a division of oil spill settlement funds that could help fill an $85 million hole in the state’s Medicaid budget.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Friday voted out the House-passed bill.

The bill would use $450 million to repay money borrowed during past budget shortfalls and $191 million for roads in coastal counties. Paying debts early would free up an additional $70 million for Medicaid in the next fiscal year.

However, the proposal is expected to cause a squabble when it moves to the Senate floor for debate Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville said he will push a substitute bill. Sanford said the money should be used for debts and Medicaid, not for roads.

 

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