Gov. Bentley says Special Session to solve budget crisis begins Tuesday, Sept. 8

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Robert Bentley has called legislators to a second special session to pass Alabama's 2016 budget.  The session will begin Tuesday, September 8 at 5 p.m.

Lawmakers' primary focus is to pass the budget, which goes into effect October 1.  Gov. Bentley and other state agencies have said massive cuts will take place if both sides don't find middle ground.  Other lawmakers have said they can find places to cut.

“The start of Fiscal Year 2016 is quickly approaching, and there is still no General Fund Budget in place for state agencies to operate,” Gov. Bentley said. “There is still time remaining to pass a budget that does not drastically cut state services which will impact Alabamians. I look forward to working with lawmakers over the next few weeks to bring about real change in the way we fund state government moving forward.”

Gov. Bentley vetoed the legislature's first attempt at a bare bones budget during the regular session.  Lawmakers returned weeks later to try again, but that Special Session also ended with no budget passed.

Several state agencies stand to suffer deep cuts, including Medicaid, mental health care, law enforcement, drivers license offices, forensics and state parks.

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