Level-funded $1.8 billion General Fund Budget heads to the Governor’s desk
MONTGOMERY — The Alabama House of Representatives late Thursday night concurred with the $1.8-billion General Fund Budget passed by the Senate last week. The House vote will send the bill on to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature.
The House voted 93-6 to agree with largely minor changes the Senate tacked on last week. Republicans quickly moved to cloture debate after a long day of delays leading up to a contentious vote on the House GOP’s redistricting plan.
The General Fund Budget supplies money for all of Alabama’s non-education agencies and programs. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 24-4. With both chambers agreeing, the Legislature has completed one of its two constitutional duties, barring an Ivey veto, which appears unlikely.
Their other duty is to pass the Education Trust Fund. The House voted 100-0 Thursday to send the $6-billion education budget to conference committee, where lawmakers hope to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions in time for the end of the Legislative Session next week.