Gov. Kay Ivey's controversial gas tax increase Friday cleared a major hurdle, as the House approved the measure. The vote was 83-20. It now heads to the Senate. The bill hikes the gas tax 10- cents per gallon, with additional increases of up to a penny every other year. Ivey says the money is needed for infrastructure. Opponents say the tax hike is unnecessary, and will be a burden for all drivers. There was also criticism of the process, after the governor quickly called a special session, and legislative leaders rushed the bill to a vote.
A group opposed to the increase, Stop the Alabama Gas Tax, put out a list blasting Republican lawmakers who voted for the hike: