Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Governor-Money
4:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Bentley Finds Fundraising Easier As Ala. Governor

Robert Bentley is findinf that fundraising is much easier as an incumbent Governor than it was as a little known state representative four years ago.
Credit wikipedia.org

Robert Bentley is finding that raising campaign money as an incumbent governor is much easier than doing it as a state representative seeking statewide office for the first time.

Bentley filed a campaign finance report Tuesday night showing he took in $422,500 in contributions in his first month of fundraising for his re-election campaign. He had raised about $15,500 at the same point four years ago, when he was a little-known state representative from Tuscaloosa running in the Republican primary with six other candidates.

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Governor's Veto Power
5:02 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Commission Says Don't Change Governor's Veto Power

A commission established to study ways to revise the state Constitution has rejected a recommendation from Gov. Robert Bentley to expand the governor's veto power.
Credit State of Alabama

A commission established to study ways to revise the state Constitution has rejected a recommendation from Gov. Robert Bentley to expand the governor's power by making it harder for the Legislature to override his vetoes.

The commission is studying the 1901 Constitution and recommending proposed changes. Any changes would have to be approved by the Legislature and Alabama voters.

When the governor currently vetoes legislation, it takes a simple majority vote of the membership to override the veto. That's 53 votes in the House and 18 in the Senate.

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Secretary of State Resigning
4:56 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Alabama Secretary Of State Resigning

Secretary of State Beth Chapman is resigning her position to take a job in the private sector 17 months before the end of her term.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

Republican Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she plans to resign Aug. 1 and enter private business with 17 months left in her term.

Chapman tells The Associated Press she has an offer in government and public relations consulting that she can't pass up, and she will end her decade in public office to take the position. She has not released details of the new job, but she said it doesn't involve lobbying.

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Military
4:46 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Governor Bentley Promotes Bills To Help Military

Governor Robert Bentley celebrated the enactment of three state laws designed to make Alabama more military friendly in a cerominal signing at the Capitol Thursday.
Credit State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley has joined with legislators and military leaders to celebrate the enactment of three state laws designed to make Alabama more military friendly.

Bentley conducted ceremonial signings for the laws Thursday at the Capitol.

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Pre-K Grants
4:41 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Ala. Awards $7.3M In Grants For Pre-Kindergarten

Alabama will award nearly $7.3 million in grants to increase the number of children enrolled in its pre-kindergarten programs.
Credit Alabama School Readiness Alliance

Alabama will award nearly $7.3 million in grants to increase the number of children enrolled in its pre-kindergarten programs.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced the grant recipients Wednesday. The spending is part of a $9.4 million funding increase approved by the state Legislature.

Bentley had earlier sought an additional $12.5 million in state funding for the program in Alabama's education budget, though lawmakers ultimately approved less money.

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Politics & Government
7:58 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Gov. Bentley to Speak at Ala. Education Conference

Governor Robert Bentley is slated to speak at the Alabama Community College Presidents Association in Mobile.
The Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to speak at the Alabama Community College Presidents Association summer conference.

   Bentley is slated to discuss the role of the state's community colleges in education, workforce development and job creation at the Monday morning meeting.

   The conference is being hosted at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile.

Politics & Government
9:20 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Ala. Governor Reinstating Merit

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is reinstating merit raises starting January 1, 2014.
dyn.politico.com

Alabama state employees are going to get their first raises in five years.

   Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to reinstate merit raises starting Jan. 1. State employees got their last merit raises and cost-of-living raises in late 2008. There have been none since then because the recession affected state tax collections.

   Bentley signed a letter saying state employees have been asked to do more with less for several years, and it's time to resume merit raises. They can be up to 5 percent annually for meritorious performance.

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Politics & Government
9:20 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Ala. Governor Reinstating Merit

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is reinstating merit raises starting January 1, 2014.
dyn.politico.com

Alabama state employees are going to get their first raises in five years.

   Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to reinstate merit raises starting Jan. 1. State employees got their last merit raises and cost-of-living raises in late 2008. There have been none since then because the recession affected state tax collections.

   Bentley signed a letter saying state employees have been asked to do more with less for several years, and it's time to resume merit raises. They can be up to 5 percent annually for meritorious performance.

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State Boards
7:12 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

More Than 70 Confirmations Die At Session's End

Governor Robert Bentley is exploring his options after 70 nominations to state boards died without a vote.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

When the Legislature adjourned Monday just before midnight, more than 70 nominations to state boards died without a vote.

The affected bodies range from university governing boards to the state environmental management board and the Real Estate Commission.

Of the pending nominations, 56 were from Gov. Robert Bentley, while another 14 came from legislative leaders or self-perpetuating boards.

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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.

Teacher lobbyist Henry Mabry says the tax credits were a horrible mistake and they won't be any better in two years.

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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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