Attorney General OKs withholding millions from educators

September 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Quietly under cover of so-called attorney-client privilege, educators are being denied millions of dollars, and the state’s Open Meetings Act is in jeopardy.

The Alabama Education Association recently celebrated winning a lawsuit alleging the Retirement System of Alabama’s PEEHIP Board met illegally to improperly raise state employees’ health insurance rates – PEEHIP is short for Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan, which provides health coverage to education workers.
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Special Session August 15

July 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—“Not just about a lottery,” Gov. Bentley began, as he announced the August 15, 2016 Special Legislative Session, “This is about our people.”

In a short video, Bentley said he wanted the legislature to work together to solve the decades-old budget problems, to protect the “Most vulnerable and helpless” who need adequate healthcare.

Earlier in the week Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) emphasized the need for a special session to address funding for Medicaid and the Regional Care Organizations (RCOs). “The legislature made a commitment to fund the RCOs and in speaking with my colleagues in the Senate and House, I am hopeful that we will continue to make progress toward achieving that goal,” said Marsh. “It important that we continue this revolutionary transformation of the Medicaid system, which is acting as a pilot for continued healthcare reforms and is projected to save the state millions of dollars over time.”
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Update: Bentley May Doom Medicaid, Lottery Siegelman-Style

July 27, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

 

Update: In what is being described as a bizarre video press release, Gov. Robert Bentley spoke for over five minutes about a Special Session without ever once mentioning the date of the call. Bentley says he will be traveling the State to gather support for a Lottery to feed the State’s ailing General Fund Budget but didn’t commit to a date certain.

MONTGOMERY—Soon, maybe even today, Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to call a Special Session of the State Legislature to address Medicaid and a State Lottery. However, over the last several days, Bentley has flip-flopped on when to call the Special Session. Last week, Bentley said he would call a Special Session in late summer or early fall, but the decision to hold the session in the fall has been meeting resistance in the Senate, where a lottery bill sits awaiting the call.
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