Governor Robert Bentley Paul Lee adoption bill

Published 05/12 2014 10:39PM

Updated 05/13 2014 11:49PM

Governor Robert Bentley ceremoniously signed a bill Monday giving tax and college tuition credits to those who adopt children. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Paul Lee of Dothan, gives a $1,000 tax credit for Alabama couples who adopt in-state babies.

After the initial bill passed during the legislative session Mister Bentley added a provision that received quick approval from lawmakers. “It gives a $15,000 college tuition credit for those who adopt foster children 14 and over,” said Lee who sponsored the adoption bill.

“The idea came to me when we entertained pages who are foster children,” Mister Bentley said after signing the bill in Dothan. Pages are legislative volunteers who assist lawmakers.

The new law has special meaning for both men. Lee and his wife, Ellen, have a 20-year old adopted daughter. Governor Bentley and his wife, Diane, have two adopted children as well as two natural ones.

The $1,000 credit law is retroactive to January 1 while the college tuition credit becomes effective October 1, 2015.

Governor Bentley signed the bill last month but plans for it to be done in a ceremony were postponed due to tornadoes that struck Alabama.

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