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Last updated 8:47AM ET
March 5, 2021
Democrats Want Tax Rebate Bill Considered In Special Session
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Democrats in the Alabama House and Senate have asked Gov. Bob Riley to include a bill to exempt federal rebate checks from state taxes in his list of priorities for a special session.

The governor must call a special session because the Senate failed to pass an education budget in its regular session that ended Monday.

Exempting the rebate checks from state taxes would save Alabama residents about $57 million.

The bill by Rep. Terry Spicer of Elba passed the House, but died on the final night in the Senate without coming up for a vote.

Spicer and the Senate Democratic Caucus issued statements Wednesday asking Riley to include the tax rebate bill in his call for a special session.

Riley spokesman Todd Stacy said the governor has not decided if the special session will consider any issues other than the budget.

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