John Rice

Lawsuit Goes After Budget
5:51 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Former Senator's Suit Seeks To Block Ala. Budget

Lawsuit naming Gov. Bentley as a defendent claims the 2013 General Fund Budget violates the state constitution.
Sutherland Boswell Wikimedia Commons

A former State senator has filed a lawsuit in state court in Montgomery claiming that legislators violated the Alabama Constitution earlier this year by passing a 2013 budget that was not balanced.

The 2013 General Fund budget, which goes into effect Oct. 1, relies on a transfer of approximately $467 million from the Alabama Trust Fund into state coffers over the next three years. Voters must approve the transfer in a constitutional amendment on the ballot Sept. 18.

If the amendment is rejected, the state budget would have to be cut significantly.

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