"On Monday, when the Legislature convenes for the final day of the 2013 legislative session, I will ask lawmakers to pass an executive amendment to House Bill 658, an updated form of the Accountability Act.
"The executive amendment calls for a two-year delay on the tax credit and scholarship portions of the Accountability Act. There are two major benefits to this executive amendment."
In short, the governor suggests the Lege hit the pause button for two years to work the confusing kinks out of the school tax credit law.
A press release sent Thursday from the office of Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, serves as the answer. It says (in part) that Marsh "plans to either override the Governor’s executive amendment or let the existing version of the law stand.
"We only have one constituency when it comes to education in Alabama and that’s the children. For too long, students in failing schools have been stuck with the status quo and denied the opportunities they deserve. ... This is a good compromise bill and I’m disappointed that the Governor has proposed this executive amendment."
In short, the senator's reply to Bentley's suggestion is: Um, nope.
This afternoon the governor's office announces Bentley will address the Alabama League of Municipalities Saturday afternoon.
Monday, the final day of the 2013 legislative session, is shaping up to be quite the battle.