Alabama Governor Robert Bentley http://apr.org en Gov. Bentley Reacts To US Attorney General http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-reacts-us-attorney-general <p>Alabama's governor says he's always believed someone should get their voting rights restored after serving their full sentences.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley reacted Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on Alabama and 10 other states to do a better job of restoring voting rights to ex-felons.</p><p>Bentley says he's willing to look at a reasonable request for restoration of voting rights for people who are trying to become productive citizens again.</p><p>In Alabama, people convicted of felonies, except driving under the influence and drug possession, lose voting rights.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:57:59 +0000 The Associated Press 46617 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Reacts To US Attorney General Ala. Officials Wooing Boeing Aircraft Plant http://apr.org/post/ala-officials-wooing-boeing-aircraft-plant <p></p><p>State and local leaders are working to lure a Boeing Co. aircraft assembly plant to the Huntsville area.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and economic developers met Tuesday in Birmingham with representatives of the aircraft manufacturer.</p><p>Battle says Huntsville is one of several cities being considered for a 777x assembly site, and Bentley says the company likes Alabama.</p><p>Boeing said it would look for a new location to build the airplane after union members rejected a proposed contract in Seattle last week.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:55:12 +0000 The Associated Press 41935 at http://apr.org Ala. Officials Wooing Boeing Aircraft Plant Gov. Bentley Meets With Japanese Trade Official http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-meets-japanese-trade-official <p></p><p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's first day in Japan included a meeting with a trade official.</p><p>A spokesman for the governor said he talked with Hiroyuki Ishige, the chairman and CEO of the Japan External Trade Organization. The group works to promote trade and investment. Bentley gave him a pen crafted from a dogwood tree downed by the April 2011 tornado in Tuscaloosa.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:28:47 +0000 The Associated Press 41453 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Meets With Japanese Trade Official Special Election Set For District 31 House Seat http://apr.org/post/special-election-set-district-31-house-seat <p></p><p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has scheduled a special election to fill a seat in the state House left vacant by former Republican Rep. Barry Mask.</p><p>A special primary election for the District 31 seat is scheduled for Dec. 3. The special general election is scheduled for Jan. 28.</p><p>If a candidate doesn&#39;t receive a majority of votes in the special primary, a special primary runoff will be held Jan. 28, 2014 and the special general election will be held March 25.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:58:23 +0000 The Associated Press 38954 at http://apr.org Special Election Set For District 31 House Seat Alabama House Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay On Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/alabama-house-rejects-bentleys-2-year-delay-tax-credits <P></P> <P>The Alabama House has rejected Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.</P> <P>The House voted 57-10 Monday to reject the governor's proposal. Now the proposal goes to the Senate on the last meeting day of the legislative session.</P> <P>The new Alabama Accountability Act provides state tax credits of about $3,500 for parents who enroll a child in a private school or non-failing public school rather than a public school rated as failing. Mon, 20 May 2013 21:28:55 +0000 The Associated Press 30757 at http://apr.org Alabama House Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay On Tax Credits Road, Bridge Improvements To Aid All Counties http://apr.org/post/road-bridge-improvements-aid-all-counties <p></p><p></p><p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced plans for bridge and road improvement projects across the state.</p><p>Bentley announced the improvement plans Monday and the governor's staff members say bridge safety is a top priority. Many of the 22 counties receiving money for improvement projects through the Rural Assistance Match Program have deteriorated bridges that must be replaced or rehabbed.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 02:10:21 +0000 The Associated Press 30318 at http://apr.org Road, Bridge Improvements To Aid All Counties New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley http://apr.org/post/new-medicaid-system-endorsed-governor-bentley <P>Governor Robert Bentley has announced his support for changes to Alabama's Medicaid system that would impact one out of every five Alabamians.</P> <P>The Medicaid Advisory Commission advocates changing the basic operating model from a fee-for-service system to a managed care program. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:57:13 +0000 The Associated Press 26576 at http://apr.org New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley School Flexibility Bill Headed To Senate For Vote http://apr.org/post/school-flexibility-bill-headed-senate-vote <p>Legislation that would allow city and county school systems to opt out of state education laws could come up for a final vote in the Senate next week.</p><p>A school flexibility bill cleared the House on Feb. 14 and was approved by the Senate Education Committee in a 5-3 vote Wednesday, with Republicans voting yes and Democrats voting no. A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says the bill is a priority and could come up for a vote as early as Tuesday.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley says he's ready to sign whatever version of the bill the Legislature passes.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:23:44 +0000 The Associated Press 25338 at http://apr.org School Flexibility Bill Headed To Senate For Vote Governor Bentley Stands By No Insurance Exchange http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-stands-no-insurance-exchange <P>Alabama's governor isn't changing his mind about not operating a health insurance exchange even though President Barack Obama's administration has given states an extra month to decide.</P> <P>Friday was supposed to the deadline for states to decide if they would run an exchange under the Affordable Care Act or let the federal government do it. The Obama administration announced Thursday night it was extending the deadline to Dec. 14. The extension came at the request of some Republican governors.</P> <P>Gov. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:13:57 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20829 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Stands By No Insurance Exchange Gov. Bentley Says No To Health Insurance Exchange http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-says-no-health-insurance-exchange <P>Alabama's governor says the state won't create a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act or use the law to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income Alabamians.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley made the announced Tuesday while speaking to the Birmingham Business Alliance. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:13:40 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20670 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Says No To Health Insurance Exchange Ala. Governor Won't Try Charter Schools Again http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-wont-try-charter-schools-again <P>Gov. Robert Bentley says he doesn't plan to propose the legalization of charter schools again in the 2013 session of the Legislature.</P> <P>The Republican governor proposed charter school legislation in the 2012 session, but the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association, secured enough votes to stop it.</P> <P>Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance on Tuesday that he's looking at other options for families with children in failing schools. He said he's considering awarding grants to failing schools that come up with improvement plans. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:08:50 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20669 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Won't Try Charter Schools Again Ala. Governor Forms New Medicaid Advisory Board http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-forms-new-medicaid-advisory-board <P>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has formed a commission to find ways to improve the Alabama Medicaid Agency's financial stability and to improve patient care provided by the agency.</P> <P>Bentley signed an executive order Thursday forming the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission to be chaired by State Health Officer Don Williamson.</P> <P>The chair and vice chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Policy, Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery and Republican Sen. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:42:43 +0000 The Associated Press 19803 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Forms New Medicaid Advisory Board