Alabama Legislative Update



Special Session Adjourns Sine Die

The Alabama legislature concluded their special session last week after the House and Senate finally reached an agreement on a plan to pay down debt, cover the shortfall in Medicaid, and fund infrastructure projects on the Gulf coast. Governor Robert Bentley's lottery push failed two weeks ago, resulting in state lawmakers wrestling with how to fund the state's $85 million shortfall in the Medicaid program this year.  The Governor signed the BP Settlement bill into law on September 8, 2016.

After a contentious two days, legislators passed a plan to use $400 million to pay down debt, $120 million in additional dollars to fund Medicaid over the next two years, and $120 million to South Alabama to fund road projects in areas hardest hit by the BP Oil Spill.

With a roughly five-month break until lawmakers reconvene for the 2017 legislative session, Speaker McCutcheon's number one priority moving forward is to identify long-term solutions for the state's short-term funding crises.
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