Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh http://apr.org en Alabama Teachers' Group Loses Main Funding Source http://apr.org/post/alabama-teachers-group-loses-main-funding-source <p></p><p>The main funding source for one of the largest and best financed organizations in the state, the Alabama Education Association, has ended.</p><p>The organization is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities. AEA had a court-approved deadline of Monday to comply with a newly enforced state law on limiting payroll deductions.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:11:12 +0000 The Associated Press 54954 at http://apr.org Alabama Teachers' Group Loses Main Funding Source Alabama Senate Facing Bill Allowing Marijuana Oil http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-facing-bill-allowing-marijuana-oil <p></p><p>A Huntsville legislator says he's working on changes to his bill allowing an extract from marijuana to be used to treat children's seizures from epilepsy.</p><p>Republican Sen. Paul Sanford says he will join other advocates to announce the changes Tuesday and he hopes it will improve the bill's chance of passing.</p><p>Sanford's bill was on the Senate's work agenda Thursday, but the Senate broke for the weekend without getting to it. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he expects it to be back on the work agenda on Tuesday.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:56:54 +0000 The Associated Press 48144 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Facing Bill Allowing Marijuana Oil Senate Committee Approves Bonus For State Retirees http://apr.org/post/senate-committee-approves-bonus-state-retirees <p></p><p>Retired state employees might get their first pension bonus since 2008.</p><p>The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a bill Wednesday to provide a one-time bonus, but the bill's sponsor, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, says the amount and affordability of the bonus still must be determined.</p><p>Marsh's bill would provide $2 for each month of a retiree's state service. A retiree who worked 25 years would get $600.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:17:44 +0000 The Associated Press 46282 at http://apr.org Senate Committee Approves Bonus For State Retirees Suit Challenges Ala. Private School Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/suit-challenges-ala-private-school-tax-credits <p>Gov. Robert Bentley says the Alabama Accountability Act is designed to help students in all public schools.</p><p>The governor spoke out Monday after the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal court suit seeking to block the law. The suit says some impoverished students can't access part of the law providing tax credits for families that move their children from failing public schools to private schools.</p><p>Bentley says another portion of the law gives those failing schools the flexibility to make changes and improve.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:47:09 +0000 The Associated Press 36303 at http://apr.org Suit Challenges Ala. Private School Tax Credits 36 Ala. Private Schools Sign Up For Tax Credit Law http://apr.org/post/36-ala-private-schools-sign-tax-credit-law <p>So far, 36 private schools have signed up to participate in Alabama's new private school tax credit program with less than two weeks to go before most schools start classes.</p><p>The state Revenue Department says the 36 schools range from Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile.</p><p>Alabama's new Accountability Act provides state tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to participating private schools.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:47:01 +0000 The Associated Press 35527 at http://apr.org 36 Ala. Private Schools Sign Up For Tax Credit Law Ala. Legislature Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay http://apr.org/post/ala-legislature-rejects-bentleys-2-year-delay <p></p><p></p><p>The Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature has handed the Republican governor a major defeat by rejecting his proposal to delay the start of private school tax credits for two years.</p><p>The House voted against the governor's proposal 57-10 Monday. Then the Senate agreed 19-15 at the urging of the architect of the tax credits, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. Republicans provided the decisive votes.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 00:30:58 +0000 The Associated Press 30774 at http://apr.org Ala. Legislature Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay Democrats Say Delay Won't Fix Alabama Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/democrats-say-delay-wont-fix-alabama-tax-credits <p>Alabama's Republican governor isn't getting support from key Republicans or Democrats for his proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.</p><p>The Republican architect of the tax credits, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, says a delay isn't needed.</p><p>The Senate Democratic Caucus and House Minority Leader Craig Ford say the tax credits should be repealed rather than delayed.</p><p>But Bentley is persisting. He sent a letter to legislators Friday and is contacting legislators urging them to support a delay when they wrap up the 2013 legislative session on Monday.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:47:56 +0000 The Associated Press 30618 at http://apr.org Democrats Say Delay Won't Fix Alabama Tax Credits Ala. Senator Waits On Changes To Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/ala-senator-waits-changes-tax-credits <P>A sponsor of legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits says he won't push it for one week to allow more time for suggested changes.</P> <P>The Senate Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the bill by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston. The committee had planned to vote on the bill Wednesday, but Marsh agreed to a request from the Alabama Association of School Boards to wait a week to consider more changes. The senator from Anniston says he's willing to talk to various groups.</P> <P>The Legislature passed the law Feb. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:06:56 +0000 The Associated Press 28678 at http://apr.org Ala. Senator Waits On Changes To Tax Credits Ala. Senator Offers Changes To School Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/ala-senator-offers-changes-school-tax-credits <P>An architect of Alabama's new law on private school tax credits is proposing some modifications to answer questions raised by educators and parents.</P> <P>The Senate Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday on the legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, of Anniston.</P> <P>The Republican-controlled Legislature voted along party lines Feb. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:09:54 +0000 The Associated Press 28591 at http://apr.org Ala. Senator Offers Changes To School Tax Credits Ala. Lawmakers Near Final Passage Of Airbus Bill http://apr.org/post/ala-lawmakers-near-final-passage-airbus-bill <P>Legislation to help protect Airbus from lawsuits involving planes built at the new plant in Mobile has moved closer to final passage in the Alabama Legislature.</P> <P>The House voted unanimously Thursday for the bill that places a 12-year limit on filing lawsuits as a result of an accident involving a plane built at the new plant. A lawsuit would have to involve a problem with the airplane that arose within 12 years of when the plane was sold.</P> <P>The bill passed the Senate earlier and was approved in the House Thursday. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:02:30 +0000 The Associated Press 26735 at http://apr.org Ala. Lawmakers Near Final Passage Of Airbus Bill Ala. Senate Delays School Flexibility Bill http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-delays-school-flexibility-bill <P>A school flexibility bill recently passed by the Alabama House won't come up in the Senate until at least Thursday.</P> <P>The Senate's Republican leadership had planned to ask the Senate to pass the bill Tuesday. But Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, says they decided to wait because three Republican senators were either absent or late Tuesday. He says he hopes to bring up the bill Thursday.</P> <P>It is one of the goals for the Legislature's Republican majority this session. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:42:10 +0000 The Associated Press 25679 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Delays School Flexibility Bill Marsh Seeks More Diversity in Constitution Rewrite http://apr.org/post/marsh-seeks-more-diversity-constitution-rewrite <DIV> <P>The commission working on rewriting parts of Alabama's 112-year-old Constitution may soon become more diverse.</P> <P>Alabama's Constitutional Revision Commission has 16 members and only one, Carolyn McKinstry, is an African-American. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:41:34 +0000 The Associated Press 25567 at http://apr.org Marsh Seeks More Diversity in Constitution Rewrite 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 Ala. Senate Delays Government Consolidation Bills http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-delays-government-consolidation-bills <P>The Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on a package of bills addressing government consolidation and efficiency.</P> <P>Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh had planned to get the bills up for a vote Thursday. Marsh says he decided to delay a vote until next week because the bills are complicated and senators want time to study them.</P> <P>The package includes a bill to consolidate and reorganize the more than 20 law enforcement programs in state government. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:46:33 +0000 The Associated Press 24563 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Delays Government Consolidation Bills Alabama Officials Compromise On Law Enforcement http://apr.org/post/alabama-officials-compromise-law-enforcement <P>Alabama's governor and a legislative leader have compromised on consolidating law enforcement programs.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh had offered different plans to improve efficiency, but they announced an agreement on a bill Tuesday.</P> <P>The bill reorganizes Alabama's many law enforcement programs into a Cabinet-level agency called the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency. It will have two units. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:28:20 +0000 The Associated Press 24427 at http://apr.org Alabama Officials Compromise On Law Enforcement