BIRMINGHAM, AL — Governor Bentley told lawmakers that for this special session they could consider any measures that would provide revenue to Alabama's general fund budget.
However some, like state representative John Rogers, think there's not enough time for serious debate along the lines of casino gaming or a state lottery.
"It's something that we've got to have but, I don't think we have enough time to really make it a proper issue," said Rogers.
Senator Paul Sanford of Huntsville confirmed Monday he plans to introduce some form of lottery legislation. But he also says he doubts very much it will pass.
"Nothing they can do with the lottery is going to bring in any money quickly enough to resolve the problem that they've got going," said UAB political analyst Larry Powell.
That problem is at least a $200 million shortfall in the general fund budget. The governor has proposed $260 million in new revenue including things like a cigarette tax and eliminating FICA deductions on state income taxes.
However, to this point, lawmakers have been focused more on making cuts.
"We've got to fundamentally change the way we budget in this state. And I truly believe that we're close," said Bentley.
Others like Rogers are not so optimistic. He predicts a bare bones budget.
"Do some cuts. And then vote to override the governor's veto, if he vetoes it. And then come home," said Rogers.
Definitely not the long term fix, the governor wants.
"A big band-aid that might fall off at any time," said Rogers.