Montgomery, AL – Attorney General Troy King is applauding a federal judge's decision in a discrimination lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Transportation. A consent decree in the case requires the state to pay fines of $63,000 a week until the case is settled. Federal Judge Myron Thompson has cut those weekly fines in half. King says that will save the state more than $1.6 million. The attorney general says he now plans to work to try to end all the fines in the settlement.
Montgomery, AL – Representative Alvin Holmes says he plans to introduce a lottery bill in the 2005 regular legislative session. Holmes says his proposal would give half of lottery proceeds to the state's education trust fund, with the other half going to the general fund budget. He says he challenges lottery opponents to come up with a better way to raise money for the state.