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Prison construction, payday lending before lawmakers
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have a busy day ahead as they hit the homestretch of the session.

Committees have scheduled Wednesday votes on a number of key bills. The House budget committee will consider Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed $800 million prison construction project and ideas on how to use the state's share of the BP oil spill settlement.

The House Health Committee has scheduled a public hearing on a bill that could ban a second-trimester abortion procedure. The House Financial Services Committee will vote on new restrictions on the state's payday loan industry.

The House Judiciary Committee will also debate a proposal to do away with state-signed marriage licenses in the wake of the court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Lawmakers are in a rush to pass bills with seven meeting days remaining.