Ala. two-year college board bill hits Senate stumbling block

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bill to create a governing board for Alabama's two-year college system has hit a stumbling block in the Senate.

The Senate on Thursday delayed a vote on a bill to remove the system from the oversight of the state Board of Education after a senator raised several objections to the current version.

The state school board has fought the legislation and in March unanimously approved a resolution opposing the legislation.

Republican bill sponsor Trip Pittman tried pushing the proposal through for final approval but fellow Republican Paul Bussman said there were too many changes made in the version passed by the Alabama House last week.

Bussman says it would be dangerous to allow a governor-appointed board to operate for one year before requiring Senate approval of its members.

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