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Alabama Lawmakers Meet for Final Two Days of Session
Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators return today to the
recently flooded Alabama Statehouse for the final two days of the
2009 regular session with everything from a state budget to tax
preparers and rabies shots on their agenda.
A major factor will be the $2.5 billion General Fund budget to
fund state troopers, prisons and most state services. The
Legislature passed the budget last week and sent it to Governor
Riley said Wednesday he will send the budget back to lawmakers
with an amendment that would remove funding for some of the
festivals and other special projects legislators put in the budget.
Riley said he would use the money to restore some of the $6 million
lawmakers cut from the budget for prisons.
Legislators will also be dealing with issues such as regulating
tax return preparers and changing the rules for vaccinating pets.
And still on the agenda in the Senate is a bill that would set
in motion long-range plans to build a new home for the Legislature.
House Majority Leader Ken Guin said lawmakers will see plenty of
reminders of the flood which dumped more than four-feet of water
into the building's basement and left wet carpets on other floors.
The 2009 legislative session has to end by midnight Friday.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)