Alabama Senator Arthur Orr http://apr.org en Governor Bentley Supportive Of Prison Ombudsman http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-supportive-prison-ombudsman <p></p><p>A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he's supportive of $250,000 added to the state General Fund budget for hiring a prison ombudsman in the governor's office.</p><p>Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr added the money to the General Fund budget when his committee approved it on Wednesday. Orr says the ombudsman would start by focusing on complaints from inmates at Tutwiler Prison for women in Wetumpka. Some inmates at Tutwiler have complained about sexual abuse. Orr says the ombudsman would give the governor a direct line to what's going on in Tutwiler.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:38:54 +0000 The Associated Press 48695 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Supportive Of Prison Ombudsman Alabama State Employees Might Get $400 Bonus http://apr.org/post/alabama-state-employees-might-get-400-bonus <p></p><p>State employees may end up with a one-time pay bonus of $400 in the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.</p><p>Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur announced he will propose the bonus when the Senate considers the state General Fund budget.</p><p>The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a General Fund budget for non-education agencies Wednesday that would spend $1.84 billion. That's $15 million more than the budget approved by the House.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:18:29 +0000 The Associated Press 48693 at http://apr.org Alabama State Employees Might Get $400 Bonus Ala. Senate Seeks Crowd Funding For Small Business http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-seeks-crowd-funding-small-business <p></p><p>The Alabama Senate is trying to give people a new way to raise money to start small businesses.</p><p>The Senate voted 31-0 Thursday for a "crowd funding" bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur.</p><p>The legislation is backed by the Alabama Securities Commission. It would allow someone trying to start a small business in Alabama to use social media and advertising to find small investors who live in the state. It is limited to raising $1 million, and it is restricted to Alabama businesses and investors because of federal regulations.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:16:23 +0000 The Associated Press 45496 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Seeks Crowd Funding For Small Business Alabama Legislators Seek Tougher Welfare Rules http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislators-seek-tougher-welfare-rules <p></p><p>Two Alabama senators are finding support for bills aimed at toughening the rules for welfare benefits, including requiring drug testing of some welfare applicants.</p><p>The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee overwhelmingly approved four bills Wednesday that are sponsored by Republican Sens. Trip Pittman of Daphne and Arthur Orr of Decatur.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:42:21 +0000 The Associated Press 45427 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislators Seek Tougher Welfare Rules Ala. Could Legalize New Avenue For Small Business http://apr.org/post/ala-could-legalize-new-avenue-small-business <p>Alabamians trying to start small businesses in a tough credit market may soon have a new method that will allow them to raise small amounts of capital from many Alabama investors.</p><p>Republican state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur says he will sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session to allow "crowd funding." It would cap investors at $5,000 each and would limit crowd funding to $1 million per business.</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 16:53:15 +0000 The Associated Press 44383 at http://apr.org Ala. Could Legalize New Avenue For Small Business Alabama Senator Plans To Introduce Welfare Bill http://apr.org/post/alabama-senator-plans-introduce-welfare-bill <p></p><p>A state senator plans to introduce legislation that would require welfare applicants to have applied for at least three jobs.</p><p>Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur says he plans to pre-file the bill in the Senate before the 2014 session begins in January. Orr says his bill is similar to legislation and rule changes in other states.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:01:41 +0000 The Associated Press 38231 at http://apr.org Alabama Senator Plans To Introduce Welfare Bill Governor Bentley Promotes Bills To Help Military http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-promotes-bills-help-military <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley has joined with legislators and military leaders to celebrate the enactment of three state laws designed to make Alabama more military friendly.</p><p>Bentley conducted ceremonial signings for the laws Thursday at the Capitol.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:46:51 +0000 The Associated Press 33118 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Promotes Bills To Help Military Alabama Legislature Extends 2 Taxes For Medicaid http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-extends-2-taxes-medicaid <P>The Alabama Legislature has voted to extend two taxes that support the state Medicaid program.</P> <P>The assessments on nursing homes and hospitals were due to expire this year, but the Senate gave final approval Thursday to bills that extend the nursing home tax for two years and the hospital tax for three years. The bills passed the House earlier and now go to the governor to be signed into law.</P> <P>Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur says the bills were critical to maintaining Medicaid services for low-income Alabamians.</P> Thu, 09 May 2013 21:54:04 +0000 The Associated Press 30084 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature Extends 2 Taxes For Medicaid No Raise For Ala. Workers In Panel Approved Budget http://apr.org/post/no-raise-ala-workers-panel-approved-budget <P>Alabama state non-education employees would not get a cost-of-living raise or merit pay raises under a $1.74 billion General Fund budget approved Wednesday by the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee.</P> <P>The budget for 2013-14 is mostly level with the budget for the current fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. It is just a slight increase from the budget recommended by Gov. Robert Bentley. The chairman of the committee, Republican Sen. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 23:03:53 +0000 The Associated Press 26242 at http://apr.org No Raise For Ala. Workers In Panel Approved Budget Alabama Senate Votes For Scottsboro Boys Pardon http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-votes-scottsboro-boys-pardon <P>The Alabama Senate has approved legislation to allow posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.</P> <P>The Senate voted 29-0 Thursday for the legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur. The bill now goes to the House for what Orr predicts will be a similar vote.</P> <P>The Scottsboro Boys were nine young black men accused of raping two white women aboard a train in north Alabama in 1931. One of the women later recanted her story. One of the Scottsboro Boys got a pardon before dying, but the other eight didn't. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:45:14 +0000 The Associated Press 25415 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Votes For Scottsboro Boys Pardon Senate Getting Ready for Alabama's Bicentennial http://apr.org/post/senate-getting-ready-alabamas-bicentennial <DIV> <P>Some Alabama legislators are trying to start planning now for the state's bicentennial in 2019.</P> <P>Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur got the Senate to pass a resolution Thursday setting up the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. The commission would plan and develop activities to celebrate Alabama becoming a state in 1819. Orr said the commission will have members representing state government, tourism and historic preservation. The members will only receive reimbursement for travel.</P> <P>Orr's resolution still must be approved by the House. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:27:19 +0000 The Associated Press 24586 at http://apr.org Senate Getting Ready for Alabama's Bicentennial