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State and Nation

February 14, 2013

Alabama legislators address government consolidation



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Government consolidation and school flexibility bills will be in front of the Legislature on Thursday.

A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he expects the Senate to consider a bill to consolidate some organizations that serve the Legislature, including the bill-writing and budget-writing services. The bill is part of a package by the Senate's Republican leadership to try to save money. The Senate passed bills on Tuesday to consolidate law enforcement agencies and information technology programs.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Mike Hubbard said he expects the House to address a bill that would give city and county school boards more flexibility in complying with state education laws. The flexibility for each school system would have to be approved by the State Board of Education.

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