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Alabama House approves spill settlement bill, Medicaid fix

The Alabama House of Representatives approved a plan Wednesday to use the state's oil spill settlement money to pay back money borrowed during a past budget shortfall and for road projects in coastal counties.

House members approved the compromise bill on an 88-10 vote, sending it to the Alabama Senate for consideration. The state owes about $580 million to two state savings accounts after lawmakers tapped those funds during past budget shortfalls.

"It's time we paid our debts off," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Steve Clouse said, adding that it was the most responsible thing to do with the settlement dollars.

Lawmakers are in special session to...

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