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      Circuit Judge blocks signing of Education Accountability Act

      Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Charles Price. (abc3340.com)

      By PHILLIP RAWLSAssociated Press

      MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A judge plans to rule Wednesday on whether the governor can sign into law a bill providing private school tax credits.

      Gov. Robert Bentley had planned to sign the bill Tuesday afternoon, but Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Charles Price temporarily put that on hold while he considers a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association.

      Price's temporary hold order reads as followed:

      "At whatever time the Alabama House of Representatives goes into session today, the House Journal is opened, and /or House Bill 84 is transmitted to Defendant Jeff Woodard, Defendant Jeff Woodard, any employee under his direction or control as Clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives, or any other person acting in concert with him, is hereby enjoined and restrained from taking any action on HB 84, including, but not limited to the acts of enrolling or transmitting the bill to the Governor, until this order is altered, amended, vacated, or superseded."

      Price heard arguments Tuesday afternoon on whether the Legislature violated Alabama's open meeting law and its own operating rules in passing the bill in a series of quick votes Thursday night.

      Price told attorneys to be back in his courtroom at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when he will give them his decision.

      The bill provides tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools. Tax credits would help cover tuition.

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