Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Private School Tax Credits
7:30 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Ala. Legislature Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay

The Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature has handed the Gov. Robert Bentley a major defeat by rejecting his proposal to delay the start of private school tax credits for two years.
Credit State of Alabama

The Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature has handed the Republican governor a major defeat by rejecting his proposal to delay the start of private school tax credits for two years.

The House voted against the governor's proposal 57-10 Monday. Then the Senate agreed 19-15 at the urging of the architect of the tax credits, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. Republicans provided the decisive votes.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Democrats Say Delay Won't Fix Alabama Tax Credits

Governor Robert Bentley isn't finding much love on either side of the aisle for his proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama's Republican governor isn't getting support from key Republicans or Democrats for his proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.

The Republican architect of the tax credits, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, says a delay isn't needed.

The Senate Democratic Caucus and House Minority Leader Craig Ford say the tax credits should be repealed rather than delayed.

But Bentley is persisting. He sent a letter to legislators Friday and is contacting legislators urging them to support a delay when they wrap up the 2013 legislative session on Monday.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:10 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Gov. Bentley Wants 2-Year Delay On Tax Credits

Gov. Robert Bentley wants the Legislature to delay Alabama's private school tax credits for two years.
Credit The Associated Press


Gov. Robert Bentley wants the Legislature to delay Alabama's private school tax credits for two years.


Bentley told chamber of commerce leaders Wednesday that a delay will give schools time to try to get off the failing list and will help the state repay a $423 million debt before the tax credits begin.


House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate leader Del Marsh says they will discuss Bentley's proposal with their members.

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Accountability Act
7:59 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Gov. Bentley Considers Change To School Accountability

Governor Bentley has indicated he may be sending changes to the Alabama Accountability Act back to legislators.
Credit blog.al.com

The schools Accountability Act, which will give tuition grants for students to transfer from failing schools, may not be in its final form.

At a chamber of commerce breakfast on Monday, Gov. Robert Bentley indicated that he is reviewing the act and is considering sending it back to the Legislature with executive amendments by mid-week.

The governor's staff confirmed that although no specific approach has been finalized, Bentley is considering some possible amendments that would clarify its intent.

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Adoption Law
4:50 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

New Law Streamlines Adoption For Foster Children

Governor Robert Bentley has signed a new law that will streamline the adoptions of foster children.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Adoptions involving foster children will be streamlined in Alabama under a new law that Gov. Robert Bentley has signed.


Bentley and legislative leaders say the Best Interest of the Child Act will prevent foster families from having to wait several years before being able to adopt children in their care.


The law shortens from 15 months to 12 months the time that must pass after a child is in state custody before a court can consider a request to terminate parental rights.

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Bentley's Cabinet
5:06 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Alabama Finance Director Taking Birmingham Job

Alabama Finance Director Marquita Davis is resigning to take a new job in Birmingham.
Credit http://governor.alabama.gov/

Gov. Robert Bentley's state finance director, Marquita Davis, is leaving for a new job in Birmingham.


Bentley's press secretary, Jennifer Ardis, said Davis has accepted a job as executive director of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity. She will move to her new job after the current legislative session ends later this month.


Davis served as director of the state Department of Children's Affairs in Gov. Bob Riley's Cabinet and in Bentley's Cabinet before he made her finance director in August 2011.

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Governor's Tax Return
4:55 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Bentley Makes $234,000, But No Salary

Governor Robert Bentley released his 2012 tax returns.
Credit NPR

Gov. Robert Bentley has filed tax returns showing he made more than $234,000 in 2012, and none of that was from a salary.


Bentley promised in his 2010 campaign that he would not take a salary as governor until Alabama's unemployment dropped to 5.2 percent. He also promised to release his tax returns each year. Press secretary Jennifer Ardis says Bentley makes his tax returns public so people will know he's keeping his promise not to take a salary.

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Road Repairs
4:51 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Gov. Bentley Signs Law To Fund Road Repairs

Governor Bentley signed legislation that would give even greater access to counties to participate in road and bridge projects.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley has signed legislation to help all counties participate in a program to repair roads and bridges.

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Governor Bentley Second Term
6:56 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Alabama Governor Seeking Second Term

Ala. Governor Robert Bentley says he'll seek a second four-year term in 2014.
The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced he will seek a second term.


The 70-year-old Republican governor put to rest Tuesday any speculation about his future plans.


House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he has no plans to run against Bentley.


Bradley Byrne, who finished second to Bentley in the GOP race in 2010, says he hasn't decided what he will do in 2014. Tim James, who finished a close third, says he's not running now, but you never say never in politics.

Alabama-Medicaid
12:32 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Legislators Start Talking About Changing Medicaid

Lawmakers are considering a bill that will help streamline Medicaid in the state.
Credit Trance Mist / Flickr

Lawmakers are trying to ease the financial burden Medicaid places on Alabama by passing a bill designed to streamline the $5.63 billion program's operational system.

The bill under consideration could change the present "fee-for-service" basis of Medicaid payments to a for-profit, managed care plan or a combination of nonprofit and for-profit companies.

The Medicaid Advisory Committee commissioned by Gov. Robert Bentley does not want to use for-profit managed care companies.

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Metal Coils
12:27 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Feds Strike Down Ala. Law On Hauling Metal Coils

A federal agency has struck down an Alabama law aimed at preventing heavy metal coils from falling off trucks and causing wrecks.
Credit www.fmcsa.dot.gov / U.S. Department of Transportation

A federal agency has struck down an Alabama law aimed at preventing heavy metal coils from falling off trucks and causing wrecks.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found the Alabama law placed "an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce." Passed by state lawmakers in 2009, the law required trucker drivers hauling metal coils on routes that either began or ended in Alabama to be certified in load securement techniques.

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Governor's Cabinet
5:16 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Collier To Lead New Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Spencer Collier will head the newly created Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency.
Credit Office of the Governor

Alabama's governor has promoted his homeland security director, Spencer Collier, to secretary of law enforcement.


Collier will lead the creation of the new Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency. The agency is the result of a new state law combining many of Alabama's law enforcement programs, including the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Abortion Bill
4:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Gov. Robert Bentley To Sign Abortion Bill

Governor Robert Bentley is expected to sign legislation mandating stricter abortion clinic standards Thursday.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Alabama's governor says he plans to sign legislation mandating stricter abortion clinic standards like Mississippi has done.


Opponents say Alabama's legislation will be challenged in court like Mississippi's.


The Republican-led House and Senate approved the bill Tuesday night, mostly along party lines. It now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley. He said Thursday he plans to sign it after his lawyers make sure there have been no unanticipated changes from the bill he endorsed early in the legislative session.

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Chapman's Future
5:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Ala. Sec. Of State Won't Run In 2014

Secretary of State Beth Chapman won't seek office in 2014.
Credit sos.alabama.gov

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she won't seek any position in next year's election and will take a sabbatical from elective office.


Chapman has served two terms in her current office and could not seek a third term. She had been mentioned as a contender for higher office, possibly including governor, but she said Tuesday she wants to take a break to pursue entrepreneurial ideas and business opportunities. She said she will support Republican Gov. Robert Bentley for re-election.

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Tornado Aid
4:50 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Alabama Getting More Tornado Recovery Aid

Alabama is getting nearly $120 million in federal assistance to help with recovery from April 2011 tornadoes.

Alabama is getting nearly $120 million in federal assistance to help with recovery from the deadly tornadoes in April 2011.


Gov. Robert Bentley announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide the state government with $49.2 million to distribute to recovery projects. Tuscaloosa will get $43.9 million, Birmingham $17.5 million, and Jefferson County $9.1 million.


Bentley says the new funding will help several areas of the state that are still suffering long-term effects from the storms.

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