Alabama lawmakers set to begin 2016 legislative session

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Alabama lawmakers are beginning the 2016 legislative session on Groundhog Day to familiar budget woes, but could see some new debates this session as well.

Legislators will hear a budget briefing Tuesday morning that is expected to include bleak outlook for the state’s general fund.

Republicans and Democrats have introduced rival proposals to establish a state lottery. Lawmakers are also expected to debate a teacher pay raise and tenure changes for teachers.

Lawmakers this session might also consider a gasoline tax to pay for road and bridge construction and a bond issue to replace aging prisons.

The session convenes at noon.

Gov. Robert Bentley will announce his agenda in his 6:30 p.m. State of the State address.

The session could last until mid-May.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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