A special session of the Alabama Legislature is underway to approve a package of bills aimed at ending financial turmoil in Alabama's most populous county.
Gov. Bob Riley called legislators to Montgomery for the special session to plug a $75 million budget hole caused by court rulings that struck down an occupational tax in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County commissioners passed the tax to bring in revenue.
Riley has asked lawmakers to complete their work by Friday. Five days is the minimum time required to pass a law.