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April 12, 2013

Alabama Senate seeks tighter state car management



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has passed legislation aimed at saving money on the management and maintenance of the 5,800 vehicles owned by state government.

The bill endorsed by the governor and sponsored by Republican Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster cleared the Senate unanimously Thursday. It establishes the Office of Fleet Management within the state Department of Transportation to manage the purchase, lease, operation, maintenance and disposal of state-owned vehicles. In the past, much of that has been left up to each state agency. Ward estimates better coordination and management could save $10 million to $20 million over the next five years.

Ward's bill now goes to the House. If passed, it would put into law what Gov. Robert Bentley did last month with an executive order providing for more fleet management.

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