Political Analyst: Race against clock will give Governor Bentley more leverage in second special session

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(WHNT) - Governor Bentley will have more leverage against legislators in the second special session than he did in the first, according to WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown.

"Because he controls the timing and if he waits late enough, if he waits reasonably close to October first, he really puts the legislature in a squeeze," said Brown.

The consequences increase tenfold when legislators are racing against the clock. If they don`t pass a budget on time, the state government will shut down. Much like when the federal government shutdown and Redstone Arsenal employees stuck at home, without pay.

"If the legislature - by October first - does not authorize the governor to spend monies,  for state troopers and public health and mental health department and prisons, people do not get paid."

While they aren`t in session, lawmakers say they are still hard at work drafting revenue saving legislation.