Alabama lawmakers are entering the final stretch of current legislative session, and their biggest challenge is still unsolved: a $200 million shortfall in the General Fund budget.
Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Chairman Arthur Orr said yesterday he believes most legislators have resigned themselves to a special session.
Legislators have been unable to agree on tax increases or shifting money from the education budget to avoid cuts to state agencies.
Shrimp season is open along the Alabama coast, but some waters remain off limits because the cool, wet spring made shrimp grow slower than normal. Officials said Wednesday that additional areas would be opened to boats once studies show that shrimp have reached maturity. More than a dozen boats pulled nets Wednesday in the waters off Dauphin Island and in lower Mobile Bay. Brown shrimp season opened Tuesday in some areas that had been closed. Chris Blankenship of Alabama Marine Resources says additional shrimping areas will open later.