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Bill on Stimulus Dollars for Alabama Takes Effect Without Governor's Signature

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has let the Alabama Legislature's unemployment compensation resolution take effect without his signature.
The Legislature passed a resolution saying Alabama wants all unemployment compensation money available from the stimulus package. That includes about $100 million that would require a change in state law to make about 20,000 more unemployed people eligible for benefits.
Riley's spokesman, Jeff Emerson, says the governor wouldn't sign the resolution because it incorrectly states he refused to apply for the $100 million. Emerson says the Legislature must change state law for Alabama to qualify, and the Legislature hasn't done that. He says that makes the resolution meaningless.
The resolution's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham, is also sponsoring a pending bill to expand state unemployment laws.