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Ala. Governor blocked from signing school tax bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE 2:39 P.M.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A judge is extending an order preventing the governor from signing a private school tax credit bill.

Circuit Court Judge Charles Price ruled Wednesday that a temporary restraining order will remain in effect until a court hearing on March 15.

Spokesmen for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and House Speaker Mike Hubbard say they will appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Price is considering a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association over a Republican-backed bill to provide tax credits for parents who decide to send their children to private schools rather than failing public schools.

The judge issued the temporary restraining order after ruling that evidence indicated the Legislature may have violated its own rules and the state constitution when it passed the bill on Feb. 28.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A Montgomery judge has postponed a decision until Wednesday afternoon on whether to continue blocking the governor from signing a private school tax credit bill.

Circuit Court Judge Charles Price held a hearing Wednesday morning on whether to continue a temporary restraining order that he issued Tuesday, but he delayed a decision until the afternoon.

The judge's delay is to allow him time to consider a motion to dismiss filed by the state attorney general.

The Alabama Education Association is suing state officials to try to keep the governor from signing a bill to provide tax credits to parents who choose to send their children in private schools rather than failing public schools.

Court is scheduled to resume at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.


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