Fast Passage Leads To Alabama Legislative Slowdown

Mar 11, 2013

Hard feelings over the passage of private school tax credits has resulted in a slowdown in the Alabama Legislature.
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A legislative session that began with a rapid pace five weeks ago has been slowed by hard feelings over the passage of private school tax credits.

Democratic opponents of the tax credits are slowing down action in the House and Senate. House Minority Leader Craig Ford says the slowdown will resume when the Legislature meets Tuesday and will continue for the foreseeable future.

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard says Ford is upset Republicans took bold steps to improve public education. But he says at the end of the day, it's OK if the Legislature doesn't pass as many bills because Republicans are the party of small government.

The Alabama Education Association is suing over how the Legislature approved the tax credits legislation.