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Lawmakers question amended accountability act

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He wanted it. He got it. Now, he wants to delay it.

Governor Robert Bentley pushed hard for the Alabama accountability act. He signed it into law.

The measure would allow parents to pull their children out of failing public schools and put them into non failing schools or private schools.

Now, the governor wants to delay the implementation of the act for two years.

John Rogers co-chair of the Jefferson County legislative delegation says he would be shocked if Governor Bentley got the votes needed to delay the accountability act another two years.

"I'm going to vote with him. But if I was a betting man, I would bet against it," says Rogers.

Rogers believes the votes will be split among the 18 representatives in the delegation.

"Nine democrats will vote with the governor and nine republicans will vote against," Rogers explains.

With a republican majority, Rogers believes the amended act ultimately will not get the support needed to pass Monday. The last day of the session.

Rogers says, "(Bentley) just doesn't have the votes. They're afraid to delay it because if you delay it, you're going to find out more and more about it and it will probably never become enacted into law."

On the other side of the aisle, republican senate majority leader and chair of the Jefferson County senate delegation, Jabo Waggoner.

Waggoner supports the accountability act as is.

'The amendment is going to very controversial on the floor of the house and the senate," says Waggoner. "Of the people I've talked to, are probably going to oppose the amendment."

Waggoner says, while he doesn't like to disagree with the governor. He knows there will be opposition to his amendment.

"I really question right now, whether or not he will get the votes. I think it's very iffy," says Waggoner.

A statement from Dr. Henry Mabry, of the Alabama Education Association says in part. "What's wrong with the bill today will be wrong in two years and the governor should provide the leadership and exhibit the courage to right the wrong committed by republican legislative leaders."

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