State Senate delays $100 million bond issue

The Alabama Senate has delayed action on a bill that would authorize the state to sell $100 million in bonds to help move Alabama students to digital textbooks.{} The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Gerald Dial of Lineville, says switching from paper to digital textbooks would save money over the long run.{} But Dial ran into opposition from some fellow Republicans.{}

Senator Paul Bussman of Cullman questioned whether the state should be selling any more bonds because more than $1.1 billion in bonds have been authorized since 2011.{} After more than an hour of debate Thursday, Dial got the Senate to set his bill aside and give him time to round up support.