Legislative session starts Tuesday: Budgets top priority

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – The top lawmaker in the Alabama Senate says the state's two budgets will be top priorities when the session begins Tuesday.

President Pro-Tem of the Senate, Senator Del Marsh, (R – Anniston) said he would like to avoid a Special Session to pass the state's Education Trust Fund and General Fund Budgets.

"I don't want that" Marsh said. "I've actually challenged our people to get the budgets passed at the beginning instead of the end."

Marsh spoke with us before Governor Robert Bentley's announcement to call proration on the Education Trust Fund.

Rep. Joe Hubbard, (D – Montgomery), said he will work with Republicans as much as possible on the budgets during his first term in office.

"We're just going to have to figure out how to do more with less" Hubbard said.

Marsh also said he wants to promote a pro-business climate during the legislative session.

"I want to do whatever I can to promote the private sector and help small businesses. . . That's how we'll spur job growth" Marsh said. "I think the two go hand in hand."

The legislative session begins Tuesday at Noon when both chambers will be gaveled in by their respective leaders. The President of the Senate is Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey and the Speaker of the House is Rep. Mike Hubbard, (R – Auburn).

Lawmakers will meet for 30 days between now and mid-June.

"I really think it's going to be a productive session" Marsh said.

Working with Governor Bentley has been key to communication for Marsh and his House counterpart Mike Hubbard.

"The more we're in contact before those budgets come across the street, the better off we all are" Marsh said.

Republicans won both the House of Representatives and the Senate back in November and control the legislature for the first time in 136 years.

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