Alabama Passes Arizona-Style Immigration Law

06/02/2011 11:27 pm ET | Updated Aug 02, 2011

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Legislature passed an Arizona-style immigration law and approved new congressional districts on its next-to-last meeting day, but the state budgets won't be completed until the final day next week.

The House and Senate agreed on an immigration bill Thursday that requires all businesses to verify the legal status of their new employees, and they approved new congressional districts that protect all seven incumbents. Both bills go to the governor.

The Senate approved the governor's recommended changes to the General Fund budget, including increasing funding for Medicaid, but the House never got to it. Neither chamber considered the governor's recommended changes to the education budget. They will both wait until the final day June 9.