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Rebuild Alabama bill unanimously advanced by House committee

MONTGOMERY — All three infrastructure bills on the Alabama House of Representatives’ special session agenda received unopposed favorable recommendations from the Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee Thursday.

The most controversial of the three, HB 2 or the “Rebuild Alabama” bill, saw 13 supportive members of the public address the committee. Only three speakers voiced opposition to the bill.

Among the proponents who spoke for HB 2 were representatives of the Alabama Farmers Federation and the Alabama Trucking Association. Truckers pay approximately 43 percent of annual state fuel tax revenues.

All three bills advanced to the House floor by voice votes, with no committee members voicing opposition to the legislation receiving a favorable recommendation.

The bills are expected to receive second readings before the full House after the chamber convenes at 2:00 p.m. Thursday. Friday is the soonest the bills can be voted on by the full House.

Follow a live-tweet thread of the committee meeting here.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn