Weekend begins with no call for special session

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators entered the weekend not knowing if they will be called to Montgomery on Monday for a special session.

Gov. Bob Riley is considering calling the special session to levy a new occupational tax to rescue Alabama's most populous county from a financial crisis.

But press secretary Todd Stacy said at about 5:30 p.m. Friday the governor had not decided if he would call the special session. The chairman of the Jefferson County House delegation, Democratic Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham, said the governor as concerned that legislators were not in agreement on a bill to enact a .5 percent occupational tax for the county.

It would replace an old tax that was struck down by the courts.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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