MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court says Gov. Bob Riley's line-item veto of the state General Fund budget was unconstitutional.

The court issued an unanimous decision Friday siding with
Democratic legislators who had challenged the Republican governor's line-item veto.

Riley used a line-item veto to remove language from the budget
that protected social service agencies from cuts if money ran
short.

It also said other agencies would get 15 percent less money
in case of a shortage.

The Supreme Court agreed with a lower court that Riley did not
set out his line-item veto properly and that the Legislature's
budget plan was permissible.


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