Special Session on Horizon

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When Alabama lawmakers are called back to the Capitol to work out its budget, a fight over Senate leadership is expected.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Jim Preuitt is among those trying to oust Lowell Barron as president pro tem. He says his side has a majority but is still short of the super majority of 21 votes needed to remove Barron.

Barron says the Senate is evenly divided on the issue. He says the governor is helping Preuitt's side try to round up votes, but a spokesman for the governor says he's not involved in the Senate fight.

Senators on both sides of the fight say they expect the governor to call the special session around July 18 because that week falls between various trips and conferences planned by legislators this summer.