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March 5, 2013

Ala. judge blocks school tax vouchers; plans to rule tomorrow

Associated Press
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY — A judge plans to rule Wednesday on whether the governor can sign into law a bill providing private school tax credits.

Gov. Robert Bentley had planned to sign the bill Tuesday afternoon, but Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Charles Price temporarily put that on hold while he considers a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association.

Price heard arguments Tuesday afternoon on whether the Legislature violated Alabama’s open meeting law and its own operating rules in passing the bill in a series of quick votes Thursday night.

Price told attorneys to be back in his courtroom at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when he will give them his decision.

The bill provides tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools. Tax credits would help cover tuition.