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Orr expects veto by governor, override by legislators on budget

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

If Alabama legislators can't pass a general fund budget by the end of the month, the state government will shut down. 

"So the question becomes who's going to report for duty in the prisons, and who's going to report for duty in the courthouse," said Senator Arthur Orr.

Legislators weren't able to pass a budget in the first special session, but Senator Arthur Orr expects to pass one at the recently-called second session.

"[I've] been spending a lot of time in Montgomery, have a conference call here in a few minutes talking with other legislators," said Orr on Tuesday.

Orr says Governor Bentley's divorce controversy won't have an effect on the passing of a budget.

"His impact on the special session, I think, is pretty limited and it's up to the legislature to get it done," said Orr.

Orr says the biggest obstacle to overcome will not be related to the governor, but to division among legislators.

"You have some that want to raise taxes, you have some that want to earmark and take money from education, and some that just want to cut the government $200 million," said Orr.

When legislators pass a budget, Orr expects Bentley to veto it, but says legislators will still push it through.

"At the end of the day I think an override is quite probable, because I don't predict the legislature will raise all the taxes Governor Bentley has asked them to raise," said Orr.

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