Senator Trip Pittman

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Two Alabama senators are finding support for bills aimed at toughening the rules for welfare benefits, including requiring drug testing of some welfare applicants.

The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee overwhelmingly approved four bills Wednesday that are sponsored by Republican Sens. Trip Pittman of Daphne and Arthur Orr of Decatur.

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The chairman of a Senate education budget committee says a raise for school employees appears unlikely in the fiscal year that begins next October.

Chairman Trip Pittman said Tuesday repaying the education budget's debt to the state Rainy Day Fund is a priority for fiscal 2015 because it's required by state law.

Pittman says debt and other obligations, including increased health insurance costs, will likely use up extra money in the fiscal 2015 budget.

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Although it's unclear how much money Alabama may gain from the BP settlement, state lawmakers are making plans on how to use it.

A proposal passed Wednesday to allow the full Senate to debate using funds from BP oil spill lawsuits to repay the Alabama Trust Fund.

The Senate Committee for Finance and Taxation-General Fund voted 7-1 in favor of the measure. If passed, the measure would restore financing to the Rainy Day Fund.