Budgeting bill first to be considered in Ala House

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House and Senate are ready to begin voting on bills that were part of the agenda of Republicans who have taken control of the Alabama House and Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.

The first bill on the agenda in the House Tuesday is a measure long pushed by Republican Rep. Greg Canfield of Vestavia Hills that would base Alabama's education budget on how much the state has received in tax revenue over the past 15 years instead of relying on the projections of state and legislative budget experts.

At the top of the Senate work schedule Tuesday is a measure to eliminate the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP), which has rewarded some teachers and state employees for putting off retirement.

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