Senator Trip Pittman http://apr.org en 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. Budget Chairman Says Teacher Raise Unlikely http://apr.org/post/ala-budget-chairman-says-teacher-raise-unlikely <p></p><p>The chairman of a Senate education budget committee says a raise for school employees appears unlikely in the fiscal year that begins next October.</p><p>Chairman Trip Pittman said Tuesday repaying the education budget&#39;s debt to the state Rainy Day Fund is a priority for fiscal 2015 because it&#39;s required by state law.</p><p>Pittman says debt and other obligations, including increased health insurance costs, will likely use up extra money in the fiscal 2015 budget.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:11:41 +0000 The Associated Press 38955 at http://apr.org Ala. Budget Chairman Says Teacher Raise Unlikely Bill To Repay Trust Fund Moves To Senate Floor http://apr.org/post/bill-repay-trust-fund-moves-senate-floor <P>Although it's unclear how much money Alabama may gain from the BP settlement, state lawmakers are making plans on how to use it.</P> <P>A proposal passed Wednesday to allow the full Senate to debate using funds from BP oil spill lawsuits to repay the Alabama Trust Fund.</P> <P>The Senate Committee for Finance and Taxation-General Fund voted 7-1 in favor of the measure. If passed, the measure would restore financing to the Rainy Day Fund.</P> <P>It would also repay money the Legislature borrowed from the Trust Fund. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:56:04 +0000 The Associated Press 26637 at http://apr.org Bill To Repay Trust Fund Moves To Senate Floor