Alabama
4:49 pm
Sat September 27, 2003

Special Session is Over

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature's special session has ended. The House and Senate agreed to minor changes the governor made in the two state budgets. The lawmakers also passed appropriations bills that accompany the budget and then ended their two-week special session yesterday.

The budgets will mean that as many as one thousand state employees or more will lose their jobs. Funding to many state agencies was cut by 18 percent.

NO teachers will lose their jobs. But most students will NOT receive new textbooks next year or new books in school libraries. There is NO money in the budgets for new computers for schools. The Legislature will return for a regular session on February third.