Governor approves $2 million for Alabama courts

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has allocated $2 million to the state court
system to help the courts maintain operations.

Bentley told Chief Justice Roy Moore on Monday that court system would receive the money immediately.

The funding is short of the $8.5 million conditional appropriation that was approved for courts by the Legislature.

Moore
said Monday he has informed the governor that the full conditional
appropriation is needed to avoid layoffs in the court system.

Moore
says the governor has assured him he will try to obtain the full $8.5
million for the court system in the upcoming legislative session which
begins in January.

The chief justice informed court employees in a
letter that he hopes the $2 million will allow courts to maintain their
current level of staffing.