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State Sen. Chambliss on prison solution agreement: ‘I think we’re there’

Reportedly, lawmakers and members of the executive branch of state government are on the verge of an agreement for Alabama’s long-standing prison problem, and that solution could be made law in a special session called by Gov. Kay Ivey in a matter of days.

During an appearance on “The Jeff Poor Show” on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5, State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) acknowledged the agreement was close.

According to the Autauga County lawmaker, the final details would not be ironed out until the special session but added much of the work could be completed before the session officially began.

“There’s been a lot of back and forth, a lot of work between the House, the Senate and the executive branch — the Governor’s office and the [Department of Corrections],” he said. “Really just push-pull, push-pull and get to a point this is what we pretty much can all agree on. I think we’re there. We really won’t know all the details — every little i-dotted and t-crossed until we actually get in session. But as best we can, we’ll try to have all that done ahead of time and hopefully go in for a five-day session and get back out and get back to our jobs and our families.”

Chambliss emphasized how important it was for the state to come to a conclusion on the remedy.

“There’s no shortage of challenges and opportunities, as I like to call them,” Chambliss said. “And obviously, the top challenge or chief challenge in my opinion is the prisons issue — more not for what we do but if we don’t do anything, and we just can’t afford to let that happen. Looks like we’re close to making sure that don’t.”

@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.