Legislature Last Day

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It's the final day of the 2005 legislative session and state lawmakers are hoping to avoid having to return to Montgomery for a special session this summer.

The $1.52 billion General Fund budget has passed in the House. It is being delayed in the Senate by a group of senators who believe it spends too much money from revenue sources that won't be available in future years.

The House and Senate have both passed $5.2 billion education budget. Gov. Bob Riley has promised to veto the education budget saying the state cannot afford the six percent pay raise for teachers.

Riley, in a statement today, said he plans to meet with a group of parents and their children at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss his veto. The Democrat-controlled Legislature is expected to override that veto and let the budget become law if the governor sends lawmakers his veto in time for them to act before the constitutionally mandated midnight close of the session.