Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is calling legislators into a special session Monday to hammer out a General Fund Budget, but legislators may have other plans.
An e-mail sent from House Speaker Mike Hubbard to members of the House of Representatives hints at plans to circumvent the session. The e-mail describes a plan put forth by Speaker Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh to convene the legislature as asked on Monday, then immediately adjourn until August 3rd.
Nearly 20 percent of Alabama is experiencing abnormally dry weather, but the state remains drought-free.
The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor says parts of central and southeastern Alabama are drier than normal. Combined, the area makes up about 19 percent of the state.
That's worse than a year ago, when the entire state had sufficient rainfall. But federal statistics don't show any drought conditions in Alabama, and most counties are at or above normal rainfall levels.
The Army Corps of Engineers says it will release more water from Lake Lanier and West Point Lake because of drought conditions in Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
Weather forecasts aren't predicting rain in the region over the next two weeks, and more water is needed at Lake Seminole and Walter F. George. So the corps will release additional water from the northern reservoirs to make up the water flow lost due to the lack of rain.