Alabama Supreme Court Sends Accountability Bill to Governor

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Supreme Court has vacated a temporary restraining order blocking House Bill 84, the Alabama Accountability Act, from being transmitted to Governor Bentley.

Judge Charles Price issued the restraining order, which prevented Jeff Woodard, the Clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives, or anyone working with him from delivering the bill to Governor Bentley for his signature.

Governor Bentley had planned to sign the Alabama Accountability Act into law on Mar 5.  Legislators passed the bill on Feb 28 after heated debate and complaints.

House Minority Leader Craig Ford responded by saying, “This ruling does not mean an end of the legal challenges. This was just the first issue. But regardless of the legal challenges, Democrats remain committed to repealing this terrible bill, and that will be our first priority if voters elect a Democratic majority to the state legislature in 2014.”

Lt. Governor Kay Ivey said about the decision, ““I am pleased to see the Alabama Supreme Court has dismissed the case blocking education reform in our state. The Court has upheld separation of powers, a fundamental doctrine of our Republic which is crucial to the successful operation of state government.Unfortunately, I expect this will not be the last attempt to obstruct real and lasting education reform in Alabama.”