Legislative session update


[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1368158353&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4051728&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1368158353 type=script]MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – More than 300 children are in need of a forever home in Alabama.
That’s according to the Children’s Aid Society.
Now the path to adoption is a much easier one.
Governor Robert Bentley has signed a measure that speeds up the process.
For children to be adopted into permanent homes.
The Governor has two adopted sons of his own and says the bill is very personal for him.
While Bentley was signing the bill State Legislators pushed to finish up the unfinished business of the 2013 session.
Their top priorities: passing education and general fund budgets for the state.
And lawmakers passed the education budget Thursday afternoon.
K-12 employees will see a  2% pay raise and school systems will see some extra spending money as well.
But overall the budget is leaner than the one Governor Bentley proposed.
It’s leaner to compensate for tax credits which will be available to parents next year.
If you are zoned for a failing school the accountability act will offer you a tax credit if you opt to place your child into a private school.
Parents also have the option of sending their child to a nearby non-failing school but if you choose this option you will have to provide your own transportation.
All schools can reject transfer students.
And state legislators are looking to encourage the restoration of historic properties like the Pizitz building
in Birmingham.
They approved a 25% tax break on expenses for anyone developing an historic property…
The tax break is capped at $5 million.

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