Governor cannot legally declare state of emergency for Jeffco

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Todd Stacy from the Governor's Press Office says Governor Bob Riley cannot legally declare a state of emergency for Jefferson County.

Stacy says that the Governor's Office did receive a request from Jefferson County to declare the state of emergency due to their financial troubles. He adds the declaration is not a legal option for Governor Riley, and the problem must be resolved by the Legislature.

This comes after the Jefferson County Commission recently announced more layoffs in addition to the 200 laborers expected to be laid off next week. The Commission will discuss the need for more layoffs Thursday.

Commission President Bettye Fine Collins says  the only payroll they are sure of paying and meeting is July 24th.

MyFoxAL.com and FOX6 News will keep you updated on this developing story as we get more information.