Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh

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9:18 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Gambling bill hearing, potential mental health cuts and Alzheimer's research

Mobile Greyhound Park, one proposed location for a casino in Alabama

Supporters and critics of legalized gambling and an Alabama state lottery are scheduled to meet in Montgomery today.

If approved by voters, the measure would allow casino gambling at four state dog tracks along with lotto drawings. Critics of lotteries claim they’re a tax on the poor and a study by the non-partisan John Locke Foundation in North Carolina appears to support that idea.

Foundation spokesman Mitch Kokai says they examined who bought tickets during the first year of North Carolina’s lottery in 2007.

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Newscast
9:38 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Bentley says gambling isn't enough, VA Deputy Secretary in Alabama and freestanding ER opens

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Republican lawmakers seem to be turning toward gambling to shore up Alabama’s General Fund Budget, but Gov. Robert Bentley says that won’t provide enough money to stave off deep cuts to law enforcement and other state agencies.

Bentley spoke to the Associated Press yesterday in Dothan. He says the drafts of lottery and casino legislation proposed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh would bring Las Vegas-style gambling to the state of Alabama, which he says is not the budget solution the state needs.

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Newscast
8:55 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Alabama charter schools, high hunger & poverty rates, and Gadsden tax workshop

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh

Alabama Republican lawmakers are getting ready for a major push for the establishment of charter schools.

A charter school bill will be a top priority for the GOP when the legislative session kicks off next week.

Charter schools are publicly funded schools that operate outside the rules and regulations of regular public schools.

The bill, if passed, would allow up to 10 new charter schools to be established in Alabama each year. It would also allow school systems to convert an unlimited number of existing schools to charter status.

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Politics & Government
10:57 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Some Lawmakers Open to Idea of Gambling Compact

With more budget problems likely ahead for the state, some legislative leaders say they're open to the idea of a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

The tribe currently offers bingo games, which resemble slot machines, but would need an agreement with the state to add table games or another location.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he's not aware of any ongoing discussions but that everything is on the table as the state seeks long-term budget solutions.

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AEA's Future
4:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Alabama Teachers' Group Loses Main Funding Source

The Alabama Education Association is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities.
Credit Alabama Education Association

The main funding source for one of the largest and best financed organizations in the state, the Alabama Education Association, has ended.

The organization is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities. AEA had a court-approved deadline of Monday to comply with a newly enforced state law on limiting payroll deductions.

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Marijuana Deriviative
3:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alabama Senate Facing Bill Allowing Marijuana Oil

A Huntsville legislator says he's working on changes to his bill allowing an extract from marijuana to be used to treat children's seizures from epilepsy.
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A Huntsville legislator says he's working on changes to his bill allowing an extract from marijuana to be used to treat children's seizures from epilepsy.

Republican Sen. Paul Sanford says he will join other advocates to announce the changes Tuesday and he hopes it will improve the bill's chance of passing.

Sanford's bill was on the Senate's work agenda Thursday, but the Senate broke for the weekend without getting to it. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he expects it to be back on the work agenda on Tuesday.

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Retiree Bonus
4:17 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Senate Committee Approves Bonus For State Retirees

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh's bill would provide $2 for each month of a retiree's state service.
Credit twitter.com

Retired state employees might get their first pension bonus since 2008.

The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a bill Wednesday to provide a one-time bonus, but the bill's sponsor, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, says the amount and affordability of the bonus still must be determined.

Marsh's bill would provide $2 for each month of a retiree's state service. A retiree who worked 25 years would get $600.

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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.
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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.

Private School Tax Credits
4:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

36 Ala. Private Schools Sign Up For Tax Credit Law

36 private schools have now signed up to participate in Alabama's new private school tax credit program with less than two weeks to go before most schools start classes.
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So far, 36 private schools have signed up to participate in Alabama's new private school tax credit program with less than two weeks to go before most schools start classes.

The state Revenue Department says the 36 schools range from Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile.

Alabama's new Accountability Act provides state tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to participating private schools.

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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
5:06 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Ala. Senator Waits On Changes To Tax Credits

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he will wait one week to push legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits.
Credit facebook.com/senatordelmarsh

A sponsor of legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits says he won't push it for one week to allow more time for suggested changes.

The Senate Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the bill by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston. The committee had planned to vote on the bill Wednesday, but Marsh agreed to a request from the Alabama Association of School Boards to wait a week to consider more changes. The senator from Anniston says he's willing to talk to various groups.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:09 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Ala. Senator Offers Changes To School Tax Credits

Senator Del Marsh's latest bill looks to clarify some questions over Alabama's new law on private school tax credits.
Credit blog.al.com

An architect of Alabama's new law on private school tax credits is proposing some modifications to answer questions raised by educators and parents.

The Senate Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday on the legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, of Anniston.

The Republican-controlled Legislature voted along party lines Feb. 28 to provide state income tax credits to parents who choose to enroll their children in a private school or non-failing public school rather than send them to the failing school where they are assigned.

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Air Manufacturers-Lawsuits
5:02 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Ala. Lawmakers Near Final Passage Of Airbus Bill

The bill places a 12-year limit on filing lawsuits against Airbus as a result of an accident involving a plane built at the new plant in Mobile.
Credit Airbus

Legislation to help protect Airbus from lawsuits involving planes built at the new plant in Mobile has moved closer to final passage in the Alabama Legislature.

The House voted unanimously Thursday for the bill that places a 12-year limit on filing lawsuits as a result of an accident involving a plane built at the new plant. A lawsuit would have to involve a problem with the airplane that arose within 12 years of when the plane was sold.

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School Flexibility
4:42 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Ala. Senate Delays School Flexibility Bill

It will be Thursday before the Alabama Senate considers a school flexibility bill approved by the state House.

A school flexibility bill recently passed by the Alabama House won't come up in the Senate until at least Thursday.

The Senate's Republican leadership had planned to ask the Senate to pass the bill Tuesday. But Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, says they decided to wait because three Republican senators were either absent or late Tuesday. He says he hopes to bring up the bill Thursday.

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