State representative talks legislative setbacks due to COVID-19

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With this year’s Alabama legislative session wrapped up, at least two big issues have been left unresolved due to COVID-19.

In the general fund, mental health and prison conditions were meant to be discussed. In the education fund, teacher pay raises were forced to take the backseat.

Despite disappointing setbacks, one representative told WDHN the state’s finances dodged a major bullet from COVID-19 due to past planning and preparation—leaving some hope regarding the general and education budgets.

“We wish we had been able to use this money in other ways because we did have plans,” said Alabama Representative Paul Lee. “We may end up having to go back into a special session. We’re not sure how long or how quick we’ll rebound.”

Lee also mentioned Governor Kay Ivey’s amendment to Senate Bill 161 which dictates what money can be used where in Alabama.

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