Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is ordering construction to resume on a new Bryce mental hospital in Tuscaloosa and revising plans to close other mental health facilities.
Bentley announced a new plan for the state mental health agency on Friday.
He says work will resume on the new, 268-bed Bryce after a temporary stoppage a month ago.
Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility and North Alabama Regional Hospital will remain open, contrary to an earlier plan. But Searcy Hospital in Mt. Vernon and Greil Memorial Hospital in Montgomery will still close.
Tuscaloosa, AL – An advisory committee has been named to help search for the next president of one of Alabama's largest public universities.
University of Alabama System Chancellor Robert Witt announced Friday that a 23-member committee has been named to help with the search for the presidency of the Tuscaloosa campus - a position Witt held until March.
Montgomery, AL – The sponsor of Alabama's tough immigration law has introduced legislation that he says revises some provisions, but doesn't weaken the bill.
Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur offered the bill Thursday in the House. He said the revisions will ``make the law more workable for local governments, more enforceable for state and local police, and less burdensome for law-abiding citizens and businesses.''
Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to legislation to boost aircraft maintenance businesses by exempting some of the parts they use from the state sales tax.
The Senate voted 34-0 for the bill Thursday. It passed the House earlier 92-0. The next step is signing by Gov. Robert Bentley, who pushed the legislation.
The bill waives the 4 percent state sales tax on parts that aircraft maintenance firms use on commercial and military planes and helicopters that are brought to Alabama from other states for maintenance or renovation.
Montgomery, AL – A study by a nonprofit research group finds Alabama families living at the federal poverty line paid more in state income taxes in 2011 than families living in any other state.
The study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said a family of four making $23,018 owed $548 in Alabama income taxes. Only 15 states levy state income taxes on families making less than the federal poverty level. A similar family in Georgia would pay $273 and a Mississippi family would pay $103.
Montgomery, AL – An Alabama House budget writing committee has approved a $1.39 billion budget that's $430 million less than the spending plan for the current fiscal year.
It could mean layoffs for hundreds of state employees and cuts of key services such as medicine for Medicaid patient and elimination of a Department of Human Resources program that provides assistance to poor children.
Montgomery, AL – Alabama's governor has signed into law a bill offering new tax credits to companies that hire unemployed veterans.
Gov. Robert Bentley signed the bill Wednesday morning providing a tax credit of $1,000 for a business that hires an unemployed veteran who was deployed overseas and is now within two years of discharge.
The law also offers a credit of up to $2,000 to help and unemployed veteran cover the costs of starting a small business.
Montgomery, AL – A bill to authorize charter schools in Alabama has been scaled down to create just 20 of the schools in the state. That's down from the original plan for 50.
A new version of the bill to authorize the schools that operate with public money but without many of the rules of public education was revealed Wednesday by a House committee considering the controversial proposal.
Pelham, AL – Tens of thousands of Alabama businesses have missed a deadline set by the state's strict immigration law to register with a federal database that lets employers verify the citizenship status of would-be workers.
The federal government says 18,137 Alabama companies had enrolled in the E-Verify system by Monday, the day after the deadline.