Will special session include sentencing reform? Will the State House be open during the special session? Alabama virus hospitalizations continue downward trajectory? Democrats tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in; News Briefs
Only the governor can call a special session of the Legislature. That official proclamation, or call, includes the parameters of what lawmakers can debate during the session.
The State House wasn’t closed to the public for the spring 2021 regular session, but because of social distancing requirements, there weren’t many places for the public to gather or linger.
After weeks of a near vertical upward trajectory in hospitalizations — as the highly contagious delta variant spread through unvaccinated populations — the number of people in state hospitals dipped Monday to 1,947 — the lowest it has been since early August.
Congress is rushing headlong into an all-too-familiar stalemate: The federal government faces a shutdown if funding stops at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. At the same time, the U.S. risks defaulting on its accumulated debt load if the borrowing limits are not waived or adjusted.
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