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Bid to pass $1B road bill fails in Senate

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A three-week effort to pass a $1 billion road construction bill in the Alabama Senate has failed.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron of Fyffe, tried to cut off a filibuster on the bill Tuesday afternoon, but he fell one vote short of the number needed for cloture. The vote was 20-11.

But Barron immediately pulled the bill from consideration. That will allow him to try to bring it up later in the session.