Alabama lawmakers set to begin 2016 legislative session

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Alabama state capitol

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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