Alabama Lawmakers Close Out Legislative Session
Carol M. Highsmith,Library of Congress
State lawmakers are back at home after wrapping up this year’s legislative session on Friday. Tensions ran high during the final week with Republicans and Democrats at odds over redistricting. There was also the usual celebration or disappointment as bills either passed or died by the final deadline. We recap the end of the legislative session with Alabama Public Television’s Don Dailey.
WBHM's Gigi Douban speaks with Don Dailey, co-host of Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal, every Friday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered as we discuss the big state legislative news of the week.
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