Governor Riley Signs $2 Billion Budget to Fund State Services

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has signed a $2 billion General Fund budget that will fund most non-education state agencies for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

The governor signed the budget into law in the closing moments of the 2008 regular session of the Legislature Monday night. But Riley used a line item veto to remove language that would have protected some agencies from budget cuts.

House Speaker Seth Hammett says lawmakers received Riley's veto message as the session was ending shortly before midnight Monday and did not have time to vote on overriding the governor.

The language in the spending plan would have protected six social service agencies from across-the-board budget cuts known as proration.

Riley says he felt the language was unconstitutional.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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