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Alabama General Fund becomes law with few changes

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama's $1.8 billion General Fund budget for the next fiscal year has become law with only small changes from the governor.

Gov. Robert Bentley sent a line item veto the House of Representatives late Thursday making some alterations to the budget. Those changes became law when representatives adjourned for the night without taking action.

House budget committee chairman Rep. Steve Clouse of Ozark says the governor's changes to the operating budget were minor.

The governor struck out Medicaid language that required some patients with mental illness to first try generic anti-psychotic medication instead of the brand name drug. Bentley also vetoed about $3 million in transfers.

The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

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