The Latest on the Alabama Senate’s vote to override Gov.
Robert Bentley’s veto of the state’s budget bill article Alabama’s House passed a bill Tuesday to end the state budget’s expiration deadline, a move that the governor’s office hailed as a major victory.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 49-1, and was now headed to the Senate.
It will then go to the governor, who will then have 60 days to sign the bill into law.
The bill, which would give Alabama voters a chance to review the budget, would also provide the state a one-year extension to pay bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
The measure comes as Bentley has been pushing for passage of a budget that would give him another two years in office to implement reforms to the state.
The governor also faces a primary challenge from Democrat Josh Holmes, who is seeking to unseat him.
The budget legislation has drawn the support of several Democrats in the state House, and many others in the Senate, including Democrats.
Democrats also have signaled that they may push for passage again of the budget in the next session, should the governor veto the legislation.
The state House voted overwhelmingly for the measure last month, with some Democrats saying they supported the measure for its fairness to both sides in the budget debate.
The budget bill would require the governor to approve a budget plan every year, which could be as late as Oct. 31.
The House also approved a similar bill that would allow the governor two additional years to complete budget-related work without a veto from Bentley.
Democrats have called the bill a “death sentence” to Alabama’s economy.
They said the bill would hurt small businesses, while the governor and his fellow Republicans say the measure is needed to fund vital services such as the state prison system.
Bentley vetoed the budget bill in September after he and his Republican allies accused lawmakers of taking out “tax cuts for millionaires” by making the state the only one in the country without a tax on millionaires.