Alabama Accountability Act changes approved by House committee

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The House Education Policy committee Wednesday approved several changes to the Alabama Accountability Act, the controversial 2013 bill allowing students in failing schools to claim tax credits for use toward private school tuition. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Chad Fincher, R-Semmes, lifts the individual tax credit cap on contributions made to scholarship granting organizations and [...]

Lawmaker makes it official, enters 2014 race

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People who have spent any time with state Rep. John Merrill knew he would eventually run for higher office. This week, the freshman Republican made that official with stops in several cities to announce he is running for secretary of state – an office he said he has been eyeing since he was 14. Merrill’s [...]