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State Sen. Albritton: ‘I don’t think we have the time to sit back and wait’ on prison, gaming

With the fourth year of this quadrennium ahead in 2022, several high-profile key matters remain unresolved.

Historically, the Alabama Legislature has avoided high-profile matters in those years because they are also election years for the body’s members. That’s not an excuse, according to State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore).

During an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Albritton, the chairman of the Senate General Fund Committee, said there was no time to wait on prisons and gaming, two of the matters that continue to remain unresolved in state government.

“Elections are a part of the process,” he said. “They are the not the process. They are a part of the process. You’ve still got to do your job no matter what comes up — whether it’s COVID, whether you’re broke, whether you got money, or whether there are elections are not. That doesn’t change the issues. That doesn’t change the facts. It doesn’t change the responsibility of moving forward with the things the state has to get done. I don’t think we have the time to sit back and wait on prison matters. I don’t think we have the time to sit back and wait on gaining control of gaming in Alabama.”

“There are several issues like that — yeah, they’re controversial,” Albritton added. “Everything in politics is controversial. We’ve just got to buckle down and do the job we’ve been told to do and that we were brought there to do, and that is pass legislation that will advance the state and advance the people of the state economically. That is what we should  be accomplishing.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.