GOVERNOR BENTLEY

Gov. Bentley Calls for Special Election for Hubbard’s Vacant House Seat

Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced the timeline for a special election to fill the vacant District 79 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. District 79 covers Lee County.  The District 79 House seat was previously held by Representative Mike Hubbard. According to the special election timeline finalized Friday: A special Primary election for the District 79 House seat…

Committee Begins Impeachment Probe into Governor Bentley

A committee of lawmakers opened impeachment hearings against Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, beginning a probe on whether there are grounds to remove the two-term Republican from office. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Jones opened the hearings Wednesday by noting the seriousness of the committee’s task. Twenty-three representatives in April signed impeachment article accusing Bentley of corruption and neglect of duty….

Update: Gov. Bentley Takes the Stand in Mike Hubbard’s Ethics Trial

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley arrived at a Lee County courthouse to testify in the ethics trial of Alabama House speaker Mike Hubbard. Prosecutors asked Bentley about meetings with Hubbard and if Hubbard lobbied him on behalf of a business client. Alabama ethics law prohibits legislators from being paid to lobby executive branch offices. The governor was met at the courthouse…

Gov. Bentley Signs Bill for Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs

IMG_0625-e1464126798614-768×1024 IMG_0633 IMG_0634 IMG_0629-e1464126919649-768×1024 Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday held a ceremonial bill signing for House Bill 534. This legislation, sponsored by State Representative John Knight and State Senator Roger Smitherman, codifies the Director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) as a cabinet level position and creates an advisory board on minority affairs. Alabama is only the second…

Gov. Bentley Announces Pre-K Program Gets $15 Million in Grants

Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced over 150 new grants that will provide more than 2,700 additional Alabama four-year-olds with access to high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten. “Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is a proven program that prepares students for success,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Only 20 percent of Alabama’s four-year-olds are currently enrolled in the First Class program. Along with the support of legislative…

Gov. Bentley Awards Grants to Help Low-Income Residents Cut Energy Costs

Some low-income and elderly Alabama residents who need help reducing their utility bills will get assistance from $950,000 in grants awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley. The grants are supporting Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program which provides funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes. Priority is given to those with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children….

Gov. Bentley’s Prison Plan to be Decided On in Session’s Final Day

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s $800 million prison construction proposal will be decided on the final day of the 2016 legislative session. A conference committee will meet Wednesday to try to reconcile differences in House and Senate bills. Bentley is seeking to borrow $800 million to build three new mega-prisons for men – housing up to 4,000 inmates each – and…

Gov. Bentley Maintains Innocence Despite Repeated Impeachment Attempts

Embattled Gov. Robert Bentley is maintaining he has done nothing wrong, a day after Alabama lawmakers revived an impeachment effort against him. At a press conference on Friday in his office, Bentley said he’s done nothing “illegal or unethical.” Bentley initially tried to sidestep impeachment questions. When pressed, the governor said the past year has been “difficult” and implored people…

Gov. Bentley and AG Strange Face Lawsuits over Minimum Wage Law

The Alabama NAACP, low wage workers and advocates are suing the state’s governor and attorney general over a law that blocked a planned minimum wage increase in Birmingham. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court Thursday and lists Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange as defendants. Bentley in February signed a law requiring a uniform minimum wage…

Gov. Bentley’s Testimony Will Be a Public Meeting

A State Auditor’s meeting to receive documents from Gov. Robert Bentley and take his testimony under oath will be a public meeting. State Auditor Jim Zeigler says research indicates that such a meeting would not fit under any recognized exception to public meeting laws, would be in public office space, and involve public officials and public documents. “It is the…