Legislature due no pat on back for special session
If it were not for the cost of the special five-day legislative session that ended Tuesday, Alabama legislators might be in for the praise they seldom hear.
The cost of the special session to do what they had five months to accomplish in the regular session hovers around $500,000.
Still, they agreed on a $1.55 billion General Fund budget, gave employees a 6 percent raise, strengthened property-owners' rights, cracked down on sexual predators and did several other important things, including passing bills that could lead to draft beer, and alcoholic beverage Sunday sales in Decatur.
Don't expect this efficiency to carry over to the regular session that is only five months away. Legislators were under pressure from home to complete their business as quickly as possible. The session went the minimum five days required to pass legislation.
Thus, legislators, along with Gov. Rob Riley, acted like reasonable people, and did a little compromising to get the approval of a budget which is probably better than the one they rejected in the spring.