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Governor Riley in Wiregrass

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Only five days are left in this year's legislative session and Congress still has many local bills to go unanswered. However, according to Alabama Governor Bob Riley, things may soon change.

"The Alabama Senate has reached an agreement." Those were the words spoken by Governor Riley Monday after a Daleville Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Only five days are left in this year's legislative session and Congress still has many local bills to go unanswered.

Governor Riley spoke Monday in Daleville to some Wiregrass leaders on the importance of working together today, to build a strong tomorrow.

"Literally, within the next one to two years, two a large extent, is going to determine what we do for the next generation. You look at it 10 years form now, if we make the right decisions now, you're going to change this state in a way that will allow it to transcend anything we've ever accomplished before," said Governor Riley.

However, that's not what's happening in the Senate. Right now, the state legislatures have been debating the budget and according to the Associated Press, it's been over a one-vote loss by the minority group.

With the Senate not reaching a decision on certain bills and budgets, it's causing local county bills, like those in Houston County, to go unanswered.

However, according to Governor Riley, things may soon change. "There has been an agreement reached. We should be able to pass the budget, pass the bond issue, unless someone comes back tomorrow and tries to change the deal again," he said.

Governor Riley could not promise all local bills would be seen in the remaining few session days, nor has he yet called for a special session.

The legislature will meet again Tuesday. Only five meeting days remain in the session.


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