Gov. Robert Bentley to announce decision on education budget

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Gov. Robert Bentley will announce Friday morning whether he will sign or veto the 2015 education budget, which includes increased funding for teacher insurance, but no pay raises for education employees. The Governor is scheduled to make his announcement at 9 a.m. Friday, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis. If Bentley signs the $5.9 billion Education [...]

Judge extends temporary restraining order on Alabama abortion law

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A federal judge last week extended a temporary restraining order against an Alabama abortion law, saying the court needed more time to consider how to move forward in a lawsuit brought against it. The restraining order prevents the state from enforcing a portion of the Women’s Health and Safety Act, signed by Gov. Robert Bentley [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley, lawmakers reach agreement on education budget

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Gov. Robert Bentley and lawmakers Friday afternoon said they had reached a compromise on funding teacher insurance in 2015, which could clear the way toward passage of the education budget. The agreement reached between Bentley and the House and Senate budget chairs would raise the state’s share of individual coverage under the Public Education Employees [...]

Senate approves $1.8 billion General Fund budget

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The Senate Thursday approved a $1.8 billion budget that includes a one-time, $400 bonus for state employees, level-funding for insurance and additional money for security enhancements and improvements in the Department of Corrections. The budget passed the Senate 30 to 2. The House, which approved the General Fund on Feb. 26, will have to decide [...]

Alabama education budget could go to Gov. Robert Bentley today

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An education budget with more money for insurance but no funding for teacher pay raises or bonuses could go to Gov. Robert Bentley today. A conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Education Trust Fund budget met Thursday morning, and was expected to vote on a version to [...]