The leaders in the Alabama Legislature appeared to draw a line in the sand when they abruptly recessed the special session called by Governor Robert Bentley on the very first day of the session. Their recess will be in effect until Aug.3, when both Houses will return to work. Gov. Bentley has a package of bills that in my opinion the legislators should consider and pass. When they return, there will be eight legislative days within nine calendar days left in the session to get the job done. In the event a budget is not passed that includes substantial additional revenues, the people of Alabama will suffer greatly.
It’s high time for the legislators to put politics aside, get down to work and then solve the state’s fiscal problems on a permanent basis. By the way, that’s what they were elected to do and it’s also what folks back home expect. My brother, Billy, who serves in the State Senate, told me recently that he was “elected to do the right thing, not to play political games, and that’s what I plan to do.” I totally agree with Billy and was not at all surprised at his position on the special session. Hopefully, he’s not the only legislator who feels that way. I don’t believe he is, but we will see!
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