Ala. court hears suit between Riley, legislators

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lawsuit that some members of the Legislature's budget committee filed against Gov. Bob Riley is now before the Alabama Supreme Court.

The court is hearing arguments on the lawsuit Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the budget committee sued Riley after he used a line-item veto to remove some language from the new state General Fund budget.

That language shielded several health and social service programs from budget cuts if state tax collections fall below appropriations.

The governor is asking the Supreme Court to rule that legislators can't challenge his line-item veto because they haven't been harmed by it.

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