MONTGOMERY (AP) — The Alabama Legislature's 2013 regular session has started.
Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey started the session in the Senate at noon. Speaker Mike Hubbard gaveled the House into session at 12:10 p.m.
The session will last until mid-May. Lawmakers must complete the session in 30 meeting days during 105 calendar days.
Major issue facing lawmakers will be balancing the General Fund and education budgets in a year when funds are expected to be tight.
Gov. Robert Bentley will address a joint session of the Legislature in the old House chamber at the Alabama Capitol tonight.
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