BRADENTON, Fla. - Alabama Sen. Scott Beason is shepherding a bipartisan group of lawmakers hoping to move legislation forward that would resolve the financial crisis surrounding Jefferson County's troubled sewer system.

The effort to get lawmakers to take action has been evolving quietly since last fall in a politically sensitive process, Beason, a Republican from Gardendale, said in an interview Friday. His group has met a number of times with fellow lawmakers and most recently with representatives of the county.

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