Alabama Senator Arthur Orr

Politics & Government
6:37 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Lawmaker Plans Bill to Protect Bicyclists

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An Alabama state senator wants to require drivers to stay three feet away from bicyclists after a recent fatal crash.

Republican state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur tells the Decatur Daily that he hopes lawmakers will approve a "three-foot bill" in 2015. Orr says he plans to introduce a bill if no one else does.

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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.
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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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General Fund
3:18 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Alabama State Employees Might Get $400 Bonus

State employees may end up with a one-time pay bonus of $400 in the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
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State employees may end up with a one-time pay bonus of $400 in the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur announced he will propose the bonus when the Senate considers the state General Fund budget.

The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a General Fund budget for non-education agencies Wednesday that would spend $1.84 billion. That's $15 million more than the budget approved by the House.

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Crowd Funding
4:16 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Ala. Senate Seeks Crowd Funding For Small Business

The Alabama Senate is trying to give people a new way to raise money to start small businesses.

The Alabama Senate is trying to give people a new way to raise money to start small businesses.

The Senate voted 31-0 Thursday for a "crowd funding" bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur.

The legislation is backed by the Alabama Securities Commission. It would allow someone trying to start a small business in Alabama to use social media and advertising to find small investors who live in the state. It is limited to raising $1 million, and it is restricted to Alabama businesses and investors because of federal regulations.

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Welfare Benefits
3:42 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Alabama Legislators Seek Tougher Welfare Rules

Arthur Orr is one of two state senators seeking tougher welfare rules in Alabama.
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Two Alabama senators are finding support for bills aimed at toughening the rules for welfare benefits, including requiring drug testing of some welfare applicants.

The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee overwhelmingly approved four bills Wednesday that are sponsored by Republican Sens. Trip Pittman of Daphne and Arthur Orr of Decatur.

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Crowd Funding
10:53 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Ala. Could Legalize New Avenue For Small Business

The director of the Alabama Securities Commission, Joe Borg, says crowd sourcing for small businesses is an idea whose time has come.
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Alabamians trying to start small businesses in a tough credit market may soon have a new method that will allow them to raise small amounts of capital from many Alabama investors.

Republican state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur says he will sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session to allow "crowd funding." It would cap investors at $5,000 each and would limit crowd funding to $1 million per business.

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Alabama Legislature-Welfare Bill
5:01 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Alabama Senator Plans To Introduce Welfare Bill

State Senator Arthur Orr plans to introduce legislation that would require welfare applicants to have applied for at least three jobs.
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A state senator plans to introduce legislation that would require welfare applicants to have applied for at least three jobs.

Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur says he plans to pre-file the bill in the Senate before the 2014 session begins in January. Orr says his bill is similar to legislation and rule changes in other states.

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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.
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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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Medicaid Funding
4:54 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Alabama Legislature Extends 2 Taxes For Medicaid

The state legislature has voted to extend two taxes that support the state Medicaid program
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The Alabama Legislature has voted to extend two taxes that support the state Medicaid program.


The assessments on nursing homes and hospitals were due to expire this year, but the Senate gave final approval Thursday to bills that extend the nursing home tax for two years and the hospital tax for three years. The bills passed the House earlier and now go to the governor to be signed into law.


Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur says the bills were critical to maintaining Medicaid services for low-income Alabamians.

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General Fund
5:03 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

No Raise For Ala. Workers In Panel Approved Budget

Alabama state non-education employees would not get a cost-of-living raise or merit pay raises under a General Fund budget approved by a Senate Committee.
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Alabama state non-education employees would not get a cost-of-living raise or merit pay raises under a $1.74 billion General Fund budget approved Wednesday by the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee.


The budget for 2013-14 is mostly level with the budget for the current fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. It is just a slight increase from the budget recommended by Gov. Robert Bentley. The chairman of the committee, Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur, said the economy is improving but there is still a shortage of tax revenue for the General Fund budget.

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Scottsboro Boys
4:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Alabama Senate Votes For Scottsboro Boys Pardon

The Alabama Senate votes to allow posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.
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The Alabama Senate has approved legislation to allow posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.


The Senate voted 29-0 Thursday for the legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur. The bill now goes to the House for what Orr predicts will be a similar vote.

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Alabama Bicentennial Commission bill
6:27 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Senate Getting Ready for Alabama's Bicentennial

Alabama Senator Arthur Orr wants the state to set up the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.
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Some Alabama legislators are trying to start planning now for the state's bicentennial in 2019.


Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur got the Senate to pass a resolution Thursday setting up the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. The commission would plan and develop activities to celebrate Alabama becoming a state in 1819. Orr said the commission will have members representing state government, tourism and historic preservation. The members will only receive reimbursement for travel.