Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Politics & Government
8:17 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Ala. Governor Raises $1 Million for Re-election

Governor Robert Bentley has raised more than $1 million in two months for his re-election campaign, according to a campaign finance report.
The Associated Press

Republican Gov. Robert Bentley has raised more than $1 million in two months for his re-election campaign.
   Bentley filed a campaign finance report Thursday showing he has raised $1,009,270 since fundraising began in early June. He began with nearly $237,000 left over from his 2010 victory. After spending nearly $180,000, he has almost $1.1 million in his campaign chest.

   Campaign spokeswoman Rebekah Mason said receiving more than $1 million in two months amounts to a vote of confidence from Alabama citizens.

Homes-Severe Weather
4:37 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Home Safety Money Available In 8 Alabama Counties

Gov. Robert Bentley announced hazard mitigation funds are now available for residents in eight Alabama to safeguard their homes from severe weather.
Credit The Associated Press

Residents in eight Alabama counties will have an opportunity to safeguard their homes from severe weather.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday that more than $900,000 in hazard mitigation funds is available in Baldwin, Covington, Dallas, Geneva, Mobile, Monroe, Perry and Pickens counties.

The funds are a result of the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Isaac in 2012. People interested in applying should contact their county Emergency Management Agency office.

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Ala. Governor Takes Recovery Tour to Monroe County

Governor Robert Bentley will take his economic tour to Monroeville in Monroe County.
yellowhammerpolitics.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley takes his Road to Economic Recovery Tour back on the road with a visit to Monroeville in Monroe County.

   A release from the governor's office says Bentley will begin the tour at about 11 a.m. Tuesday with a visit to the Monroeville town square on the West Claiborne Street side.

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Governor-Roads
4:55 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Gov. Bentley's Road Program Nears $1 Billion

With the latest round of road and bridge projects, Governor Bentley's Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program is up to nearly $1 billion in projects
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced another $372 million in road and bridge projects for 45 counties in Alabama.

The announcement Wednesday alongside a $10 million bridge widening project in Calera will bring Bentley's Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program to nearly $1 billion in projects. The Republican governor says that will culminate the program for now because that's all the state should borrow at this time. Bentley wouldn't speculate on whether he would bring the program back if he's elected to a second term next year.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
4:48 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Ala. Getting Little To Promote Obama Health Plan

Alabama will receive very little money to help promote the Affordable Care Act after choosing to not set up a state-run health insurance exchange.
Credit debate.org

Alabama is getting 73 cents per person to help residents understand the Affordable Care Act and decide if they want coverage through a health insurance exchange.

Federal funding figures show Alabama's amount is lower than many states because Gov. Robert Bentley decided not to create a state-run health insurance exchange and is leaving it to the federal government. That meant Alabama's state government didn't seek any of the millions available for outreach and advertising.

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