After much debate, the state senate passed the conference committee version of the BP Settlement Bill. The bill just needs a signature from Governor Robert Bentley before it becomes a law.
****ORIGINAL STORY****The Alabama House of Representatives passed a version of the BP Settlement Bill created by a conference committee made up of members of both houses Wednesday afternoon.
The 6-member conference committee struck middle-ground between the bill that passed out of the house and the version that passed out of the senate late Tuesday evening.
The conference version sends $120 million back to the coast for road projects, $120 million to Medicaid, and roughly $400 million to debt repayment.
The House of Representatives passed the version with virtually no debate, and now its fate rests in the Senate, which has no time limit on how long they can debate the proposal.
The Senate is currently debating the bill and News 5 will have updates at 5 and 6 p.m.