Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

School Safety Summit
6:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Governor Set to Address School Safety Summit

Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to address participants at a school safety summit.

The Virtual Alabama School Safety Summit will kick off Monday morning in Montgomery.


A number of topics will be covered, including new technologies that are now available.


Virtual Alabama is a high-tech information and system that helps first-responders during emergencies as public buildings, such as schools and colleges.


Other topics will include behavioral issues in schools and effective emergency operation plans.

Congress-Selma
4:11 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Governor Bentley Hosting Congressional Group

Governor Robert Bentley will host a reception at the Capitol for the congressional delegation, civil rights figures and other leaders.
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A congressional delegation headed to the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma will spend Saturday in Montgomery.

The delegation led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial at 11:30 a.m. A spokesman said it will honor people slain during the civil rights movement.

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Private Schools Tax Credits
4:43 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Education Leaders Say GOP 'Bushwhacked' Them

Governor Robert Bentley says running over his own education allies was worth it to get a private school tax credits bill passed.
Credit blog.al.com

The governor says running over his own education allies was worth it to get tax credits to help children in failing public schools transfer to private schools.


Gov. Robert Bentley says he and other Republican leaders didn't tell the state school superintendent and other education leaders that they were planning to expand a school flexibility bill into a tax credit bill because they would have opposed it. School Superintendent Tommy Bice says the final product caught him by surprise and it was not the school flexibility bill that he had endorsed.

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Aviation Jobs
5:16 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Alabama Looks To Limit Lawsuits For Airbus Suppliers

The state looks to to cut down on competition from Mississippi and Florida for Airbus suppliers by limiting lawsuits commercial aircraft manufacturers and companies that supply them with parts.
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Alabama officials are trying to cut down on competition from Mississippi and Florida for Airbus suppliers by limiting lawsuits against commercial aircraft manufacturers and companies that supply them with parts.


The Senate and House committees voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that would limit lawsuits to 12 years after a large plane is delivered. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster, says there is no limit now. His bill is narrowly tailored for planes exceeding 100 seats.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:39 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Ala. Senate Democrats Blocked On Medicaid Effort

Senate Minority Leader Vivian Davis Figures has offered a resolution urging Governor Bentley to reconsider his decision not to expand Medicaid.
Credit AP Photo/Dave Martin

Democrats in the Alabama Senate are having trouble pressing their top issue.


Senate Minority Leader Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile offered a resolution Thursday urging the Republican governor to reconsider his decision not to expand Medicaid. The Senate's Republican leader, President Pro Tem Del Marsh, cut off debate on the resolution by getting it sent to the Senate Rules Committee.

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Government Spending Cuts
9:03 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Ala. Governor: 24,000 Jobs at Stake on Budget Cuts

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says automatic government spending cuts could cost the state 24,000 jobs.
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Alabama's governor said the state stands to lose 24,000 jobs if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1.

Gov. Robert Bentley said the impact was calculated by the National Governors Association. It forecast the biggest impact in Alabama would be on defense-related jobs. Bentley said the Huntsville area would be the hardest hit.

Trust Fund Payback
7:29 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Ala. Governor Signs Law To Repay Trust Fund

Gov. Bentley signed a bill today that mandates repaying the Alabama Trust Fund by 2026.
Credit http://governor.alabama.gov / Office of the Governor

Gov. Robert Bentley and legislative leaders kept a promise Wednesday to enact legislation requiring the repayment of $437 million taken from a state trust fund to bolster state budgets.

Bentley signed a bill passed by the Legislature that mandates the repayment to the trust fund through annual appropriations concluding in 2026. The bill was the first passed by the Legislature in the current session.

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Trust Fund bill
6:53 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Ala. Legislature Approves Bill to Repay Savings

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he'll make good on his promise to voters and sign legislation that requires full repayment of money transferred from the Alabama Trust Fund to the General Fund Budget.
AP Photo/Alabama Governor's Office, Jamie Martin

The Alabama House has given final passage to a bill that requires full repayment of money transferred from an oil and gas revenues savings account to the state's General Fund budget.


The House voted 90-0 Thursday to approve an amendment put on in the Senate that requires repayment of the money even if the Legislature doesn't appropriate the funds.

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Homeowners Insurance
5:03 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Gov. Bentley Favors Grants For Wind-Proofing Homes

Governor Robert Bentley wants to provide grants to residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties to fortify their homes against high winds.
Credit State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley says he wants to move quickly to implement two recommendations of a commission he appointed to study the availability and rising cost of homeowners insurance.


Bentley received the recommendations of the Affordable Homeowners Insurance Commission Wednesday at the Capitol. He says he will move forward with a recommendation to use part of the money Alabama gets from the BP oil spill to provide grants to residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties to fortify their homes against high winds.

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Senate Democrats-Medicaid
6:08 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Alabama Senate Democrats Seek Medicaid Expansion

Senate Democrats have made expanding Alabama's Medicaid program their priority for the 2013 legislative session.
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Senate Democrats say their priority for the 2013 legislative session is getting Alabama to expand its Medicaid program.


The Senate Democratic Caucus announced at a news conference Tuesday that it hopes to get Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to reverse his decision not to expand the program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Bentley, a physician, is opposed to enlarging the Medicaid program under the current structure.

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Governor-Agriculutre
5:43 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Study: Ag, Forestry Have $70 B Impact On Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley helped release a study showing Alabama's agricultural and forestry industries economic impact.
Credit blog.al.com

A new study of Alabama's agricultural and forestry industries says they contribute more than $70 billion annually to Alabama's economy and account for 22 percent of the state's workforce.


The Alabama Agribusiness Council and other groups joined Gov. Robert Bentley in releasing the study Tuesday.


Bentley said the last similar study was done in 1989, and the new study by Auburn University shows how important agriculture and forestry are to Alabama's economy.

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Legislature-Payback Bill
4:36 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Ala. House Oks Bill To Repay Money To ATF

The Alabama House has passed a bill that require repayment of $437 million that voters allowed to be transferred from a state savings account.
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The Alabama House has voted to require repayment of $437 million that voters allowed to be transferred from a state savings account by 2026.


The House voted 80-19 Thursday for the bill by Republican Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery. It was the first bill passed by the House during the 2013 regular session.

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Governor - Education
4:46 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Gov. Bentley Ups School Funding, Level Funds Others

Governor Robert Bentley proposed budgets gives more to education and keep funding for other state agencies flat
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor is proposing an education budget that gives small increases to all levels of education from kindergarten through college.


Gov. Robert Bentley unveiled his recommended budgets Wednesday. His education budget includes a 2.5 percent pay raise for public school employees and a substantial expansion of Alabama's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.

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Alabama Pre-K Program
5:52 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Alabama Legislator Back Governor's Pre-K Expansion

Senator Vivian Davis Figures supports an expansion of Alabama's Pre-K program.
AP Photo/Dave Martin

Republican and Democratic legislators say Gov. Robert Bentley's plan to expand Alabama's pre-kindergarten program has broad support and will be approved by the Legislature.


Bentley called for the expansion in his State of the State address Tuesday night. Senate Democratic leader Vivian Davis Figures said an expansion will provide a solid foundation for Alabama children.

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Alabama Budgets
5:39 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Alabama Governor Says Budgets Improving Slightly

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Gov. Robert Bentley says his proposed budgets for the new fiscal year are slightly better than this year's budgets.

Bentley told legislators in his State of the State address Tuesday night that Alabama's economy is improving and that's allowing him to recommend more education spending. His plan includes expanding Alabama's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds and giving a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise to teachers. He did not recommend a raise for state employees.

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