Ala. lawmakers still face budgets, immigration
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature has a full plate to deal with on the final day of the 2012 regular session, including the budgets needed to fund schools and most state agencies.
Lawmakers must also deal with a bill that would change Alabama's tough immigration law and a bill to raise court fees that court officials say is needed to keep courtrooms open.
Lawmakers will not be finished at the end of the final day Wednesday. They plan to almost immediately convene a special session to redraw legislative district lines. Legislators are required to redraw the district after the U.S. Census every decade.
The toughest challenge still facing legislators is how to fill a $184 million hole in the state budget without decimating either the state's prison system or Medicaid program.