Ala. lawmakers begin budget hearings ahead of regular session


Alabama lawmakers heard budget goals on Monday ahead of the legislative session that begins next week.

In the preliminary budget hearings, Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar told lawmakers the state’s Medicaid agency will look for an estimated $44 million this legislative session. She noted the figure is subject to change, dependent upon what happens in Washington, D.C.

“We need to make sure we are at the table and make sure the state doesn’t end up in a worse position from a financial standpoint,” Azar told the room.

The 2017 regular session is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 7.