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Orr says gambling will be back in legislative special session

Published: Jun. 6, 2015 at 1:26 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2015 at 2:15 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Legislative session is over, and the state still has no budget.

Senator Arthur Orr is hoping that when lawmakers head back to Montgomery, they'll be willing to look at ideas that don't include huge cuts to essential government services.

"Gaming, gambling will be back," says Orr.

He expects a lot of ideas to be back on the table when he and his colleagues head back to Montgomery for a special session this summer.

The budget debates left lawmakers blaming one another for failing to pass a balanced budget. Orr says he's ready to look at new ideas, especially since he didn't like the budget the Senate passed.

"It did not adequately fund some state agencies, so we're going to be back in the legislature.  Every agency was cut. Medicaid, corrections, the court system. That's another one that people really rely upon. They're looking at close to a 10% cut. That would mean the layoffs of hundreds of court personnel."

Besides gaming and lotto, Orr thinks it's time to start looking at the hundreds of millions of dollars sitting in the states savings account, but earmarked.

"There are those that would say let's un earmark the money and use that to help adequately fund agencies such as the courts, the prisons and others that do essential government services."

Ideas sure to be brought up during the legislators interrupted summer vacation.

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