Alabama lawmakers in final stretch


By Alabama News Network

Whether they're a democrat or a republican, there's one thing lawmakers can agree on. Monday is going to be a very long day in the State House.

It's been a productive session, but Monday will see the return of the accountability act with the governor's amendment as well as the gun bill to clarify the state's open carry policy.
"I've been around the legislature a good while and we'll start at 9 oclock monday morning and I expect we'll see midnight hit. Whether we take any breaks or not we'll see," said Representative Greg Wren of Montgomery.
The governor announced Wednesday that he wants to push back the tax credits for children at failing schools to transfer to private schools by two years. 
"One of them obviously that everyone is talking about is this amendment to the accountability act. I can tell you this, the leadership in both chambers is not pleased with the governor's decision to amend this bill," said Rep. Joe Hubbard of Montgomery. 
"That's going to be a pretty dicey issue on the final day Monday," agreed Wren. 
Some are concerned that the republican supermajority will try to sneak in some bills by the democrats.
"I think any time the legislature is in session people should be concerned. That's pretty historic. But I think we're pretty focused on what our main core issues are," said Wren.
"Look they have the numbers, they can pass whatever bills they want to pass. Make no mistake about it. And if we get to apoint where debate is threatening the viability of a bill they want to see passed you can bee assured there will be a cloture petition and debate will be cut off," said Hubbard. 
Lawmakers techincally only have until midnight on Monday to get any of their bills passed until next session.

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