Senate budget chairmen swap committees for upcoming session

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The two Alabama Senate budget chairmen are swapping committees for the upcoming session.

Sen. Trip Pittman of Montrose will head the general fund budget committee. Sen Arthur Orr of Decatur will take over as Education Trust Fund budget chairman.

The Senate Committee on Assignments announced the change on Friday.

Orr says he believes it is healthy to have fresh eyes on the state budgets. Pittman says he is looking forward to a new challenge.

Alabama government has two budgets. One funds education. The general fund pays for other functions such as Medicaid, prisons, child welfare service and mental health.

Legislators spent much of this year struggling with a general fund shortfall.

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