Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Politics & Government
6:56 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Bentley Fundraising Tops Race for Governor

Credit The Associated Press

Alabama's Republican primary for governor features incumbent Robert Bentley taking on two poorly funded opponents. Two candidates are competing on the Democratic ticket.

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Hurricane Preparedness
4:09 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Bentley, Faulkner Discuss Storm Preparedness

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner say state agencies are participating in an exercise to help state workers and law enforcement agencies prepare to respond to hurricanes.
Credit http://www.ema.alabama.gov/

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner say state agencies are participating in an exercise to help state workers and law enforcement agencies prepare to respond to hurricanes.

Bentley and Faulkner said at a news conference in Montgomery Wednesday that the state conducts similar exercises every year, but one purpose this year is to make sure workers have not become complacent because there has not been a major hurricane in the last year or so.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

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Alabama State Trustees
4:57 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

2 Selected To Serve On ASU Board Of Trustees

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has chosen two replacements to serve on the Alabama State University Board of Trustees.
Credit asu.edu

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has chosen two replacements to serve on the Alabama State University Board of Trustees.

Bentley nominated Elmore County Schools Superintendent Jeff Langham and Regions Bank Vice President Angela McKenzie to the board on Tuesday.

Langham and McKenzie will replace two of Bentley's appointments who were blocked by the Senate Confirmation Committee in April. Bentley had initially selected Macon County Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Brooks and Tuscaloosa businessman Fitzgerald Washington for the posts.

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Governor's Race-Prisons
4:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Gov. Bentley Opponent Calls For Releasing Inmates

Stacy George says if elected Governor, he would create a second parole board like Gov. Bob Riley did to expedite the parole of non-violent inmates.
Credit Facebook

A prison guard running against Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama's prison system is at risk of a federal takeover because of severe overcrowding.

At a news conference Thursday in Montgomery, Stacy George said that if elected, he would create a second parole board like Gov. Bob Riley did to expedite the parole of non-violent inmates. George said he will ask the Legislature to repeal the habitual offender law that provides for longer sentences for repeat offenders and he will make the repeal retroactive. He says that could reduce the prison population by more than one-fourth.

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Governor-Staff Change
4:42 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Gov. Bentley Has Cabinet Change

Former House Speaker Seth Hammett has been named Governor Robert Brantley's interim Chief of Staff.
Credit Montgomery Business Journal / Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

Gov. Robert Bentley's chief of staff, David Perry, is leaving and is being replaced on an interim basis by former House Speaker Seth Hammett.

Bentley said Perry announced during a staff meeting Wednesday that he is leaving. His new job is with Protective Life insurance company in Birmingham. Perry began as Bentley's state finance director in 2011 and then moved up to chief of staff.

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Severe Weather Aid
4:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Gov. Bentley Seeks Aid For 5 More Counties

Gov. Bentley is seeking federal assistance for five more Alabama counties that suffered damage from severe weather last week.
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama's governor is seeking federal assistance for five more Alabama counties that suffered damage from severe weather last week.

Gov. Robert Bentley says his administration submitted an application to the president on Tuesday for individual disaster assistance in DeKalb, Etowah, Blount, Tuscaloosa and Mobile counties.

The state is already receiving federal assistance for Limestone, Jefferson, Lee and Baldwin counties for the tornadoes and flooding that hit the state last week and claimed five lives.

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Severe Weather-Alabama Aid
4:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Congressional Delegation Backs Aid For Alabama

Damage in Bessemer from storms that tore through Alabama on April 28-29, 2014.
Credit Ryan Vasquez / APR News

Alabama's congressional delegation has written a letter to the president supporting the governor's request for an emergency declaration for Alabama.

Gov. Robert Bentley is seeking the declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state this week.

The letter from the congressional delegation urges approval of federal financial support for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

Bentley's request noted that at least 19 counties suffered damage and three people died in the severe weather.

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Emergency Declaration
10:54 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Ala. Storm System Prompts Emergency Declaration

Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency in response to a severe weather system that crossed the state.
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency in response to a severe weather system that crossed the state.

Bentley said in a statement Monday evening that the declaration covers every county in Alabama, and that heavy damage has been reported in some areas that were in the path of a suspected tornado.

Bentley says all state agencies are ordered "to take necessary actions to respond to Alabama communities that need help."

The governor says 100 Alabama National Guard members are on stand-by and are ready to help in impacted areas if necessary.

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Teacher Raises
7:39 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Alabama Teachers: Hey Governor, What Happened To Our Raises?

Rally for teacher pay raises in front of the Alabama State House on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Montgomery.
Lloyd Gallman Montgomery Advertiser

In the last few years the state has had to tighten its belt to rein in spending during some lean budget years. Alabama’s teachers have had to shoulder some of that burden with pay cuts and increased contributions to their pensions. Teachers received a two percent pay raise last year, their first since 2007. More raises were expected this year to help bring teacher pay back to pre-recession levels. Governor Robert Bentley took up the cause during his State of the State address...

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Birmingham Beltline
4:48 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Leaders Break Ground On $5.5B Birmingham Perimeter

Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders have broken ground on a 52-mile road that will someday complete a perimeter highway around Alabama's largest metropolitan area.
Credit politico.com

Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders have broken ground on a 52-mile road that will someday complete a perimeter highway around Alabama's largest metropolitan area.

A ceremony was held Monday to mark the first phase of work on the Northern Beltline.

Bentley approved the first construction stage in the fall, but the project is expected to take more than 25 years to complete.

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Politics & Government
7:14 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Bentley Releases His Tax Return

http://governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Gov. Robert Bentley's tax return shows he's still not receiving any income from being governor, but he and his wife reported an adjusted gross income of nearly $373,000 for 2013. About $233,000 of that came from Bentley selling his interest in the building where his medical practice was located in Tuscaloosa. Much of the remainder was from IRA distributions and Social Security. The governor and first lady paid more than $81,000 in taxes. They also donated more than $15,000 to charities. Bentley has been releasing his tax returns every year since he ran for governor in 2010.

Special Session
6:35 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Bentley Has Until April 13 To Sign Budget

Gov. Robert Bentley won't make a quick decision on whether to sign the state's Education Trust Fund budget or force lawmakers back into a special session over the issue of a raise for education employees.
Credit State of Alabama

  Gov. Robert Bentley won't make a quick decision on whether to sign the state's Education Trust Fund budget or force lawmakers back into a special session over the issue of a raise for education employees.

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis said Friday that there is no timeframe on when he will make a decision.

Bentley has until April 13 to sign the budget into law or it will die through a pocket veto.

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Governor-Raises
4:40 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Gov. Bentley Still Pushes For 2 Percent Pay Raise

Gov. Robert Bentley says he still hopes to get a 2 percent pay raise approved for public school employees.
Credit NPR

Gov. Robert Bentley says he still hopes to get a 2 percent pay raise approved for public school employees.

Bentley said Monday that he's glad that he and legislative leaders agreed to increase funding for the education employees' health insurance program, and he says that should keep them from having to pay higher costs. But Bentley says he wants the Legislature to do more with three meeting days left in the legislative session.

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General Fund-Prisons
3:38 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Governor Bentley Supportive Of Prison Ombudsman

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.
Credit The Associated Press

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.

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.

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Governor-Pay Raise
4:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Ala. Legislature Has Governor Blocked On Pay Raise

Gov. Robert Bentley may have no way to give education employees the 2 percent pay raise he has recommended.
Credit yellowhammernews.com

Gov. Robert Bentley may have no way to give education employees the 2 percent pay raise he has recommended.

Bentley recommended a 2 percent raise at the start of the legislative session. The Senate reduced Bentley's pay raise bill to a one-time bonus of 1 percent. That bill stalled in the House budget committee Wednesday. Bentley said Thursday he needs a pay raise bill of some type to amend the amount to 2 percent. He said he can't enact a raise by adding language to the state education budget.

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