Judge hears arguments in lawsuit over prison leases

Alabama News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge says he will decide soon whether to let a lawsuit go forward challenging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan to lease privately owned prisons.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Friday heard arguments in the state’s request to dismiss the lawsuit that contends the plan violates state law because the massive $3 billion expenditure was not approved by the Alabama Legislature.

Griffin indicated he would rule by Monday. Much of the arguments on Friday centered on whether the state’s financial obligation under the leases is a debt.

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