Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Special Session
5:13 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Gov. Bentley Says He Plans To Call Special Session

Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to call a special session of the Legislature to use money from the state's education budget to pay for economic incentives to lure new businesses.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to call a special session of the Legislature to use money from the state's education budget to pay for economic incentives to lure new businesses.

Al.com reports Bentley made the remarks Wednesday at a workforce development summit in Washington County. He said the special session would come after the election in November.

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Alabama Budget Officer
3:34 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Bentley Taps Butler As Ala. State Budget Officer

Longtime state fiscal expert Kelly Butler is Alabama's new state budget officer.
Credit Office of the Governor of Alabama

Longtime state fiscal expert Kelly Butler is Alabama's new state budget officer.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Butler's appointment on Tuesday.

The state budget officer leads the Executive Budget Office and advises the administration on the state's General Fund and education budgets.

Butler has been assistant state budget officer for two years. He previously worked for 19 years with the Legislative Fiscal Office, most recently serving as the state Senate's fiscal officer.

Bentley says Butler brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job.

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Alabama Unemployment
3:36 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Unchanged At 6.8 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley says seasonally adjusted rate for June represents nearly 145,000 people looking for work.
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Alabama's unemployment rate for June is unchanged at 6.8 percent.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate represents nearly 145,000 people looking for work. June's rate is higher than the 6.5 percent recorded a year ago.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby at 5.0 percent, Baldwin and Cullman at 5.7 percent, and Lee and Cherokee at 5.9 percent.

The counties with the highest rates are Wilcox at 17.2 percent, Perry at 14.8 percent and Dallas at 14.3 percent.

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New Labor Commisoner
4:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Gov. Bentley Names New Labor Commisioner

Fitzgerald Washington has been appointed to be the next Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner.
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Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Fitzgerald Washington to be the next Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Labor.

Washington has spent the last 15 years working for The Buffalo Rock Company. While there he served as Corporate Marketing and Sales Director handling the company’s multicultural marketing initiatives before being promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002.

Governor Bentley also appointed Washington to the Alabama Workforce Council. Washington replaces Tom Surtees who stepped down as labor commissioner late last month.

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Red Snapper-Alabama
4:39 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Alabama Opens Red Snapper Fishing In State Waters

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama state waters will be open to fishing for red snapper and gray triggerfish every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July.
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Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama state waters will be open to fishing for red snapper and gray triggerfish every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July.

Bentley said Thursday that the extra fishing days will be good for the Gulf coast economy.

The federal red snapper season was only nine days. Alabama's director of marine resources, Chris Blankenship, says state officials believe there are still enough red snapper in Alabama waters to open an additional season. The minimum size for snapper will be 16 inches total length.

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Politics & Government
6:04 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Bentley to Tour Dothan Monday

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Governor Robert Bentley is taking his Road to Economic Recovery Tour to Dothan.

The governor announced he will visit Blue Plate West around lunch time Monday. Then he tours Dothan High School and Panhandle Converters.

He is scheduled to participate in a small business discussion at 3:30 p.m.

Bentley's tour of Alabama towns usually involves visit to a restaurant and businesses, as well as a discussion with civic leaders and business people.

Alabama Executions
3:51 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Gov. Bentley Against Switching To Electric Chair In Ala.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he's against switching back to the electric chair to resume executions in Alabama.
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Gov. Robert Bentley says he's against switching back to the electric chair to resume executions in Alabama.

Speaking in Shelby County on Monday, Bentley said he's personally opposed to the idea of resuming electrocutions.

A key legislator on prison issues, state Sen. Cam Ward, says giving up the state's current method of lethal injection involves too many legal hurdles.

The state attorney general's office says executions are at a standstill because the prison system has run out of one of the three drugs used in its lethal injection system.

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Prisoners Voting-Alabama
3:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Bentley Reacts To US Attorney General

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on Alabama and 10 other states to do a better job of restoring voting rights to ex-felons.
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Alabama's governor says he's always believed someone should get their voting rights restored after serving their full sentences.

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.

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.

In Alabama, people convicted of felonies, except driving under the influence and drug possession, lose voting rights.

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Boeing-Alabama
3:55 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Ala. Officials Wooing Boeing Aircraft Plant

Huntsville is one of several cities Boeing Co. is considering for a 777x assembly site.
Credit Boeing Co.

State and local leaders are working to lure a Boeing Co. aircraft assembly plant to the Huntsville area.

Gov. Robert Bentley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and economic developers met Tuesday in Birmingham with representatives of the aircraft manufacturer.

Battle says Huntsville is one of several cities being considered for a 777x assembly site, and Bentley says the company likes Alabama.

Boeing said it would look for a new location to build the airplane after union members rejected a proposed contract in Seattle last week.

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Governor-Japan
5:28 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Gov. Bentley Meets With Japanese Trade Official

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's first day in Japan included a meeting with a trade official.
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's first day in Japan included a meeting with a trade official.

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.

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Special Election
3:58 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Special Election Set For District 31 House Seat

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.

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.

A special primary election for the District 31 seat is scheduled for Dec. 3. The special general election is scheduled for Jan. 28.

If a candidate doesn'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.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama House Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay On Tax Credits

The Ala. House has rejected Governor Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.
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The Alabama House has rejected Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.


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.

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Roads-Bridges Projects
9:10 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Road, Bridge Improvements To Aid All Counties

Governor Robert Bentley has announced plans for bridge and road improvement projects across the state.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced plans for bridge and road improvement projects across the state.

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.

The rural assistance program is providing money for some of this year's projects so rural counties that may not have been able to fund the improvements would be included this year.

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Medicaid Announcement
4:57 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley announced his support for the Medicaid Advisory Commission's recommendations to change Alabama's Medicaid system.
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Governor Robert Bentley has announced his support for changes to Alabama's Medicaid system that would impact one out of every five Alabamians.


The Medicaid Advisory Commission advocates changing the basic operating model from a fee-for-service system to a managed care program. Under the proposal, private-sector contractors would develop care networks in eight newly-created regions across the state.


The new framework would aim to offer better service to patients through regional operations that are responsive to local needs, according to the governor.

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School Flexibility
7:23 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

School Flexibility Bill Headed To Senate For Vote

A bill to allow city and county school systems to opt out of state education laws could come up in the Senate for final vote next week.

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.

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.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he's ready to sign whatever version of the bill the Legislature passes.

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