MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are attempting to decide how to spend more than $500 million in pandemic relief funds ahead of an expected special session. Key lawmakers on Thursday expressed general support for using money for broadband, water and sewer infrastructure and relief to health care providers. Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed says there has been a plethora of requests for how to use the money. A proposal to use funds for improvements at state parks drew opposition from some Democrats. Assistant House Minority Leader Merika Coleman said the money should help people and entities that were harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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