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AL lawmaker predicts beer, budget, and teacher raise bills in upcoming session

Ball has served in the Alabama State House since 2002. (Source: WAFF) Ball has served in the Alabama State House since 2002. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Budgets and beer - those are two issues State Representative Mike Ball expects the legislature will tackle early on during the upcoming session.

Ball, a Republican who represents District 10, and his colleagues arrive in Montgomery next week.

"I don't think anybody wants a year like we had last year," said Ball.

According to the state representative, the 2015 legislative session and multiple special sessions are still fresh on his mind, and he feels certain his colleagues want a smoother session as well.

"I think there seems to be a lot of support for a teacher raise,” said Ball.

Ball has served in the Alabama State House since 2002. He said other political hot-button issues are sure to pop up. He believes the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Study Commission's three recommendations including allowing breweries to sell growlers has a lot of momentum to pass.

He foresees at least one pro-life abortion bill making it through, and he addressed the potential of the Powerball coming to Alabama:

"I think there's a pretty good chance that a lottery bill might make it through the process," said Ball.  

The lottery fight would still be far from over. Alabama voters would need to approve the measure. One pre-filed lottery bill doesn't earmark where potential lottery generated funds would go. Ball says that's another issue that would have to be hammered out at some point.

Finally, he said expect a lot of talk about budgets early and often.

"Medicaid is a huge problem. They want another increase and there are some other agencies that want an increase. They'll be lucky to get level funding,” said Ball.

Ball also added that he predicts Mike Hubbard, who faces 23 criminal corruption charges, will remain Alabama Speaker of the House when the legislature reconvenes.

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