WVAS Local News

Apr 3, 2013

A Montgomery Legislator estimates that a controversial school tax credit could cost the state between $50 to $60 million dollars next year.   Al.com reports the numbers come from State Representative Jay Love, Chairman of the House Education budget committee.  Love said he knows Democrats remain opposed to the Accountability Act, but he believes the changes will help Alabama school children.  The exact cost of the program will depend on how many families take the school tax credit. 

Grand Opening

State and local officials gathered in Montgomery for the grand opening of the new Alabama Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Operation Center.  The new facility is the first of its kind in Alabama and will provide training exercises for law enforcement officers and other operators of emergency vehicles.  The city of Montgomery and the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission joined to sponsor phase one of the center. 

Abortion Restrictions

The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to placing stricter regulations on abortion clinics.  The Senate voted 22-10 Tuesday night to approve the Women's Health and Safety Act.  The bill must return to the House for consideration.  Proponents say it will make abortions safer.  Opponents argue most of Alabama's licensed clinics can't meet the requirements.

Home Brewing

The Alabama House has passed a hotly disputed bill that could remove the state's distinction of being the only one in the nation prohibiting people from brewing beer at home.  The House voted 58-33 to approve the bill by Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon.  Supporters argue that many in Alabama are already making their own beer.  Opponents say it would make it easier for children to gain access to beer.  The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.