Alabama Senate Minority Leader Vivian Figures http://apr.org en Senate Approves Changes To Ala. Accountability Act http://apr.org/post/senate-approves-changes-ala-accountability-act <P>The Alabama Senate has approved legislation saying private schools and non-failing public schools don't have to take students transferring from failing public schools.</P> <P>The Senate voted 21-12 Thursday for a bill making changes to the Alabama Accountability Act. The bill makes clear that a student transferring from a failing school in one school system to a non-failing school in another system has to provide his own transportation. Thu, 09 May 2013 22:07:41 +0000 The Associated Press 30086 at http://apr.org Senate Approves Changes To Ala. Accountability Act Ala. Senate Democrats Blocked On Medicaid Effort http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-democrats-blocked-medicaid-effort <P>Democrats in the Alabama Senate are having trouble pressing their top issue.</P> <P>Senate Minority Leader Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile offered a resolution Thursday urging the Republican governor to reconsider his decision not to expand Medicaid. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:39:39 +0000 The Associated Press 25414 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Democrats Blocked On Medicaid Effort Alabama Senate Democrats Seek Medicaid Expansion http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-democrats-seek-medicaid-expansion <P>Senate Democrats say their priority for the 2013 legislative session is getting Alabama to expand its Medicaid program.</P> <P>The Senate Democratic Caucus announced at a news conference Tuesday that it hopes to get Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to reverse his decision not to expand the program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Bentley, a physician, is opposed to enlarging the Medicaid program under the current structure.</P> <P>Democratic Sen. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:08:18 +0000 The Associated Press 24850 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Democrats Seek Medicaid Expansion Ala. Lieutenant Governor to Meet Senate Leaders http://apr.org/post/ala-lieutenant-governor-meet-senate-leaders <DIV> <P>Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is to meet with Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston and with Senate Minority Leader Vivian Figures of Mobile in preparation for the 2013 session of the Legislature.</P> <P>The meeting with Ivey will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the lieutenant governor's office at the Capitol. The session begins Tuesday.</P> <P>Ivey said each of the Senate leaders will answer questions from the news media and deliver brief remarks,</P> <P>Figures was recently elected Senate Minority Leader. Ivey said she will welcome Figures to her new post. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:17:43 +0000 The Associated Press 24080 at http://apr.org Ala. Lieutenant Governor to Meet Senate Leaders