Lawmakers' agenda already packed ahead of new session

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WALA) — The Alabama Legislature convenes for its regular session Tuesday, February 5 at noon and they already have some business on the table.

Already, some notable bills have been pre-filed.

One would strengthen penalties for trespassing on school buses. Another would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

STATE OF THE STATE

Governor Robert Bentley will also deliver his State of the State Address Tuesday night.
  
While recently speaking in Mobile, the governor mentioned some of the issues he'll address.

Bentley said, "We'll talk about our plans for the future, continue to try to create jobs for the state, which is our number one goal, number one issue, which is getting people back to work. So, we'll be talking about that. We'll be talking about what I talked about in here: our college and career readiness programs, and how we make schools better in the state."
  
Bentley spoke to members of the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association in Mobile on Friday, and also mentioned the need to promote growth in the industry.

MURPHY HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

The governor also answered questions about help for Murphy High School, which was heavily damaged in the Christmas Day tornado in Mobile.

School system officials estimated it would take about $35 million to restore Murphy, much more than the $10 million insurance would pay out.

When asked several weeks ago if the key to getting Murphy restored lies with the legislature and state, Mobile County School System Facilities Director Tommy Sheffield said, "Yeah, I think that's the only way we'll do it financially is with support from legislation." 

Bentley said the he was told the school had total replacement insurance, which “obviously, they didn’t.”

When asked about Murphy Friday, the governor said, "We want to help as much as we possibly can. We don't have a lot of money in the state, but, through our risk management program, we'll be able to help, probably, a little bit more than that."

Murphy supporters have said they want to see their landmark back better than ever, but for that to happen, money is the key.

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Alabama (change)

 
Known as the “Heart of Dixie,” Alabama has a population of over 4.6 million residents. Montgomery is the capital city. Other major cities include Birmingham, Mobile, and Huntsville.
 
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Governor: Robert Bentley
Lieutenant Governor: Kay Ivey
Attorney General: Luther Strange
State Treasurer: Young Boozer
Secretary of State: Beth Chapman

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