Alabama lawmakers send education budget to Gov. Kay Ivey

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The Alabama Legislature has approved a bill Friday, May 19, 2017, that would prohibit the removal of historic monuments that have stood for more than 40 years. Hall said the therapy worked wonders with her son, who went from not talking to being able to verbalize his needs as he heads into kindergarten.

Changes to memorials or names installed between 20 and 40 years ago would need permission from a new state commission.

"The measure says it "would prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street, or monument" that has stood on public property for 40 or more years". More recent installations would not receive get such protection.

The Legislature was tasked with drawing new district plans following a January decision from a three-judge federal court, which found the Legislature improperly used race as the primary factor in drawing nine House districts and three Senate districts in 2012.

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Representatives approved the Senate districts plans in a 71-32 party line vote on Thursday night after the reading was finished. It now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature.

Black lawmakers objected throughout the session. Sen.

The battle over the districts now shifts back to federal court. They said the treatment can be life-changing, but at $100-per-hour is out of many families' financial reach.

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