LAWMAKERS: SPECIAL SESSION PART 2 IS LIKELY
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama legislators are becoming resigned to a second special session as they continue to deadlock on how to fill a more than $200 million budget shortfall.
Senate budget chairman Arthur Orr said Thursday he believes a second special session is inevitable.
Lawmakers are at the halfway point of the session and have yet to pass a major revenue bill in either chamber.
Gov. Robert Bentley on Thursday said funding cuts passed by the House of Representatives are unworkable. He says lawmakers must keep working to a find a solution.
Senators could debate the general fund budget on the floor as soon as Saturday. The session must end Tuesday by law.
Proposals such a cigarette tax, soda tax and tightening corporate tax rules haven’t gotten enough support to pass.