AEA Lawsuit Against Gov., State Officials Dismissed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A Montgomery judge has dismissed a lawsuit that a former president of the Alabama Education Association filed against the governor and other state officials over three tax breaks passed by the Legislature.

Former President Anita Gibson contended the three laws passed last year were invalid because the bills started in the Senate rather than the House. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs dismissed the suit this week.

The laws provide tax deductions for homeowners who make improvements to protect their homes from natural disasters, tax credits for foreign companies that locate in Alabama, and tax credits to encourage neighborhoods to make repairs to curbs, sidewalks, sewage and streets. The tax breaks could reduce tax revenue for schools.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Thursday the ruling will help the state create jobs.

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