Lawmakers Could See Special Session

May 7, 2016

 State lawmakers ended the 2016 session with three big items of unfinished business: the oil spill settlement division; Medicaid funding and prison construction. 

Alabama State House

Governor Robert Bentley recently said he's considering calling a special session later this year for another try.

The governor's $800 million prison construction plan was the centerpiece of his agenda, but didn't get approved by lawmakers.

Lawmakers also couldn't agree on how to use $1 billion due the state in settlement money from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf. A House-passed bill would have used much of the money to pay state debts. That in turn would free up money to fill a hole in the state Medicaid budget.

Bentley said any special session he might call would include the prison and oil spill bills.