2015 Legislative session set to start Tuesday

Published: Mar. 3, 2015 at 9:32 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 31, 2015 at 9:48 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The 2015 Alabama Legislative session starts Tuesday.

So far there are 60 pre-filed bills in the House and 58 pre-filed bills in the senate. One issue lawmakers will have to discuss is the governor's tax revenue plan that

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According to Bentley, his plan is all about closing in a $700 million shortfall in the State's General Fund budget. To do that, more taxes are in the horizon.

The Governor said the new taxes are needed and he's cut a lot of excess spending over the last four years.

Monday, the Senate GOP caucus laid out their agenda for the session.

Their proposals include consolidating state agencies and departments, reforming the prison system, and charter schools.

Senate President Del Marsh said he hopes to shrink the number of state employees by eight percent over the next several years through not replacing employees as they quit or retire.

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the charter school legislation. Marsh said charter schools give parents and students another "layer of choice."

The prison reform bill also is expected to get a quick vote.

Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster said a task force will recommend changes in sentencing, probation and parole, while avoiding a mass release of inmates.

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