- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Lawmakers are close to approving changes to a school choice program that provides some families with scholarships to help pay for private school.

A conference committee on Tuesday reached an agreement on changes to the Alabama Accountability Act. The existing program gives state income tax credits to donors of scholarship-granting organizations.

The legislation would expand the cumulative cap on donations by $5 million. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said some children had risked not getting scholarships renewed when donations were delayed last year because of litigation.

The bill would lower the income requirements on new scholarship recipients to 185 percent of the federal poverty level. It would also put new reporting requirements on the scholarship-granting organizations.

Marsh, the architect of the program, says the scholarships are helping families.

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