Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Japan-Trade Mission
3:56 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Gov. Bentley, Others Head To Japan For Trade Talk

Gov. Robert Bentley and other state officials are traveling to Japan on a trade mission in hopes of bringing more jobs to the state.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley and other state officials are traveling to Japan on a trade mission.

The governor's office says the delegation will depart Sunday for a five-day visit in hopes of bringing more jobs to the state and strengthening ties with Japanese companies already operating in Alabama.

In Japan the group will meet with executives from companies including Honda and Toyota, which have large factories that employ thousands in Alabama.

Read more
Alabama Fatal Overdoses
4:12 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Report Says Overdoses In Ala. Tripled Since 1999

Alabama public health officials say they're aware of statistics in a report saying Alabama's prescription drug overdose rate has nearly tripled since 1999 and they are working with other agencies to confront the problem.
Credit The Javorac / Flickr

Alabama public health officials say they're aware of statistics in a report saying Alabama's prescription drug overdose rate has nearly tripled since 1999 and they are working with other agencies to confront the problem.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported Tuesday that a national report by Trust for America's Health says Alabama's fatal prescription drug overdose rate has jumped from 3.9 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 11.8 per 100,000 people.

Pharmacy Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health, Charles Thomas, says state officials are working to address the issue.

Read more
Tropical Weather-Alabama
3:14 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Alabama Coast Preparing For Tropical Storm Karen

Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency across Alabama as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the coast.
Credit National Weather Service

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency across the state as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the coast.

In a statement Friday afternoon, the governor said the emergency was being declared in anticipation of heavy rains and high winds from the storm. Bentley added that tornadoes will also be possible.

Alabama's coast faces a possible 5-foot storm surge, high winds and dangerous rip currents as Tropical Storm Karen is expected to arrive over the weekend.

Read more
Health Overhaul-Alabama
3:57 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Governor Bentley Warns Against Federal Shutdown

Republican Gov. Bentley says opponents of the Affordable Care Act need to let it crumble from its own design flaws rather than risk shutting down the federal government to stop funding the law.
Credit yellowhammernews.com

Alabama's Republican governor says opponents of the Affordable Care Act need to let it crumble from its own design flaws rather than risk shutting down the federal government to stop funding the law.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the Affordable Care Act is unworkable, and that's been proven by the delay of some provisions and the difficulty in getting some health insurance marketplaces ready for their debut Tuesday.

Read more
State Paying Debt
3:41 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Alabama Pays Majority Of Rainy Day Fund Debt

Gov. Robert Bentley says the state will repay $260 million to the Rainy Day Fund for public schools in the next few days.
Credit istockphoto

Gov. Robert Bentley says the state is about to repay the majority of a big debt it owes.

He said Friday the state will repay $260 million to the Rainy Day Fund for public schools in the next few days. He says the repayment is a sign the economy is picking up in Alabama, including the collection of more income and sales taxes.

The state's Rainy Day Fund was empty when Bentley came into office because $437 million had been removed to shore up the state education budget during the recession in 2009. State law required the repayment of the money by Sept. 30, 2015.

Read more
Governor-Payday Loans
4:24 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Governor Bentley Announces New Measure To Protect Borrowers From Excessive Debt

Governor Robert Bentley announced a new consumer protection measure aimed at helping people avoid excessive amounts of debt from payday loans.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Governor Robert Bentley announced a new consumer protection measure today aimed at helping people avoid excessive amounts of debt from payday loans.

The measure will also help lenders by providing a method to ensure they are complying with state law. Under the Alabama Deferred Presentment Services Act, payday lenders are not to issue loans to customers who currently have more than 500 dollars in existing payday loan debt.

Read more
Governor-Fayette County
5:30 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Governor Bentley Taking Recovery Tour To Fayette

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to continue his Road to Economic Recovery Tour with stops in Fayette County.
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to continue his Road to Economic Recovery Tour with stops in Fayette County.

Bentley's tour of Fayette County will begin at noon Tuesday with a lunch stop at Sam's Smokehouse Restaurant in Fayette. At 1:30 p.m. the governor will participate in a round table discussion sponsored by the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce at the Fayette Civic Center.

At 2:40 p.m. the governor will tour the Ox Bodies' facility in Fayette. Ox Bodies is a locally based company that designs and manufactures truck bodies, trailers, parts and accessories.

Read more
Alabama Guard-Gay Rights
4:52 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Most Ala. Guard Staff Covered By Same-Sex Policy

Most, but not all, full-time staff of the Alabama National Guard is covered by a new Pentagon policy providing benefits for same-sex couples
Credit Alabama National Guard

Most, but not all, full-time staff of the Alabama National Guard is covered by a new Pentagon policy providing benefits for same-sex couples.

Capt. Andrew Richardson of the Alabama National Guard says there are about 2,500 full-time Guardsmen in Alabama who are considered federal employees and are eligible for federal benefits. They are covered by the Pentagon's new policy.

He says the Guard has fewer than 300 full-time employees who are considered state employees, and they continue to receive state benefits. Those benefits don't cover same-sex marriages.

Read more
Alabama State University Audit
8:01 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Lawmakers OK More Money for Alabama State Audit

State lawmakers are approving another $50,000 for a forensic audit at Alabama State University.
meetmycollege.com

State lawmakers have approved another $50,000 for the company conducting a forensic audit at Alabama State University.

   A panel of lawmakers on Thursday approved the latest request for money for the independent audit. The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/1dM10Ag) that the increase could take the total cost for review up to $650,000.

   Jennifer Ardis, a spokeswoman for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, said the auditing process is taking longer because of difficulty in gaining access to needed information.

Read more
Politics & Government
7:44 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Bentley Appoints Jefferson County Judge

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge J. William "Bill" Cole will be returning to the bench.
Judge Bill Cole's Facebook profile

A former Jefferson County judge who lost re-election last year will be returning to the bench to fill the seat opened by retiring Circuit Judge Alfred Bahakel.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday appointed former Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge J. William "Bill" Cole to fill the vacant seat.

Bentley's spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis tells al.com that Cole "brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position and he is well qualified to serve on the court."

Private School Tax Credits
4:47 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Suit Challenges Ala. Private School Tax Credits

Gov. Robert Bentley says the Alabama Accountability Act gives failing schools the flexibility to make changes and improve. His remarks come after the SPLC filed a federal suit seeking to block the law.
yellowhammernews.com

Gov. Robert Bentley says the Alabama Accountability Act is designed to help students in all public schools.

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.

Bentley says another portion of the law gives those failing schools the flexibility to make changes and improve.

Alabama Unemployment
4:56 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Drops To 6.3 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama has not had an unemployment rate as low as last month's since October 2008.
Credit The Associated Press

Alabama's unemployment rate declined to 6.3 percent in July, which is the lowest rate in nearly five years.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Alabama has not had a rate that low since October 2008. July's rate was down from 6.5 percent in June and was well below the 7.6 percent rate recorded a year ago.

The state Department of Labor said the July rate represents about 135,000 people looking for work. That's down by nearly 5,000 people from the previous month.

Read more
House-Special Election
4:53 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Date Changed In Mobile House Seat Special Vote

Gov. Robert Bentley has changed the date of a special primary election for the vacant seat in House District 104 in Mobile County because of a conflict with a local election in Mobile County.

Gov. Robert Bentley has changed the date of a special primary election for the vacant seat in House District 104 in Mobile County because of a conflict with a local election in Mobile County.

Bentley said Friday the special primary election in District 104 will be Tuesday Oct. 15 instead of Oct. 8 as originally scheduled.

A runoff election, if needed, will be Tuesday, Dec. 3.

If a runoff election is not needed, the general election will be Tuesday, Dec. 10. If a runoff is needed, the general election will be Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Read more
Bond Sales
5:02 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Alabama Sells News Bonds For Industrial Incentives

State officials are issuing $33 million in bonds to keep promises to new and expanding industries and refinancing nearly $140 million in old bonds to save $12 million.
Credit istockphoto

State officials are issuing $33 million in bonds to keep promises to new and expanding industries and refinancing nearly $140 million in old bonds to save $12 million.

Two state boards headed by the governor voted unanimously Wednesday to refinance $1.9 million in bonds sold in 2001 for improvements at state parks and $137.7 million in bonds sold between 2001 and 2005 to pay for incentives the state promised new and expanding industries.

Read more
Politics & Government
8:12 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ala. Governor Sets Ceremonial Signings for Bills

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will hold a ceremonial signing of bills aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription drugs.

   Bentley's office said the governor will be joined by officials with the Medical Association of Alabama and other leaders at the ceremonial signing ceremony. The governor officially signed the legislation earlier this year.

   The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Old House chamber at the Alabama Capitol.

Read more

Pages