Bentley: Special Session Still ‘An Option’

Gov. Bentley
Gov. Bentley

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a special legislative session over Medicaid funding and other issues, but says legislators need some vacation time before he makes that decision.

Bentley on Wednesday said he would decide on a special session in the “next couple of months.”

The governor says Medicaid funding is short $85 million, at a “minimum.”

Republican Rep. Jim Patterson on Wednesday urged Bentley to call a session to work out distribution of $1 billion from the BP oil spill settlement.

Bentley’s remarks come just days before House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial jury selection is scheduled to begin. Bentley, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and multiple state legislators and lobbyists have been subpoenaed to testify at the trial.

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