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WATCH WAFF: Second special session kicks off as lawmakers head to Montgomery; Day 5 in Eric Parker trial resumes Tuesday

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Alabama's second special session kicks off Tuesday

The second special session will start Tuesday for Governor Robert Bentley and other lawmakers to set the General Fund Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2015 regular Alabama Legislative Session ended on June 4 without a General Fund Budget in place for the 2016 fiscal year.

Since the first session ended, Bentley has met with lawmakers and legislative leaders to discuss potential options for the General Fund, which supports most non-education related functions of government. The governor will have 10 days to review what comes out of the legislature, then either sign it into law or veto it. Lawmakers only need a majority vote to override such a veto. 

The deadline for lawmakers to pass a state budget is October 1 and  lawmakers are starting to feel the pressure. Bentley has been threatening the lawmakers that state parks will be shut down if a budget is not met.

Eric Parker trial picks back up Tuesday morning

Eric Parker will return to the federal courthouse in downtown Huntsville just as he did four times last week. However, this week he's expected to take the stand and testify in his own defense.

Parker is accused of using excessive force on Sureshbhai Patel, an elderly man from India, during a takedown in Madison back in February. The victim suffered multiple injuries from the incident.

Before resting their case last week, prosecutors said Patel said "no English" five times before the takedown, claiming that Parker understood the victim didn't speak English.

This week, the defense will ask the judge for Parker's acquittal, stating that Parker felt threatened when he tackled the man.

We hope you'll join us Margo Gray, Trent Butler and David Ernst for WAFF 48 News this morning. Remember, you can always watch online at or by tapping "Watch Newscasts" on your WAFF News mobile app.

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