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May 24, 2013

Ala. governor signs bond issues, campaign bill

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley has signed two bond issues into law, along with a bill changing Alabama's campaign finance law.

Bentley spokesman Jeremy King said Friday the governor signed a $30 million bond issue to repair six schools damaged by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012. He also approved a $50 million bond issue to purchase equipment for technology training programs in public schools.

The other new law signed by the governor removes the limit on how much corporations can give to political candidates in Alabama. Corporate contributions are now unlimited like individual contributions.

All three bills passed on the Legislature's last meeting day Monday.

The Legislature passed another bond issue Monday for $50 million for construction of National Guard armories, but it must be approved in a statewide referendum.

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