The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 13, 2013

Ala. Supreme Court throws out order stopping bill


— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has thrown out an order by a Montgomery County judge that temporarily prevented a bill giving tax credits to some parents who send their children to private schools from becoming law.

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday afternoon that the order by Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price preventing Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley from signing the bill into law was a violation of the doctrine of separation of powers. The law was passed Feb. 28. Democrats accused the Republican majority of heavily changing the measure in a conference committee.

The Supreme Court's action immediately dismissed the lawsuit challenging the bill.

Senate President Pro Tem called the decision a victory for parents whose children are attending failing schools.