Alabama House of Representatives

Former Longtime Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes Dies at 81

  Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery,  March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Former Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery has died at the age of 81. Holmes had been the longest-serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives before his defeat in 2018. State House of Representatives spokesman Clay Redden confirmed Holmes’ death today.  Holmes was one of the first…

State Rep. Ronald Johnson, Longest Continuously Serving Member of the House, Dies at 76

State Rep. Ronald Johnson, (R-Sylacauga), the Dean of the Alabama House of Representatives, died this afternoon of complications from liver cancer.  He was 76. Johnson held the District 33 seat that includes portions of Clay, Coosa and Talladega counties for more than 40 years, making him the longest continuously serving member of the House. “Ron Johnson was one of the most…

Some House Democrats Skip Session Return

Lawmakers returned to the State House Monday for the shortened session. And there there were some empty seats. Members of the Alabama Democratic Caucus say they’re choosing to focus on the needs and challenges of their own districts instead of returning to the legislature. Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels says the Alabama Democratic Caucus has more questions than answers,…

Alabama House Votes to Limit Cities’ Ability to Start Occupational Taxes

A proposal in the Alabama Legislature would prohibit cities from enacting new occupational taxes without approval of lawmakers. The House of Representatives voted 74-27 Tuesday to approve the bill that now moves to the Alabama Senate. The measure comes as the city of Montgomery explores the possibility of creating a 1% occupational tax. The bill by Republican Rep. Chris Sells…

Charlotte Meadows and Michael Fritz to Face Off in Runoff

The House District 74 seat is another step closer to being filled.  Candidates Michael Fritz and Charlotte Meadows will now face off in a runoff. The winner of the run-off will face Democrat Rayford Mack for the vacant seat,  Charlotte Meadows is the co-chair of Montgomery’s first charter school and Michael Fritz is a bankruptcy lawyer.  Alabama News Network spoke…

Sen. Vivian Figures Introduces Bill to Repeal Alabama’s New Abortion Law

Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile) has introduced a bill in the Alabama Senate to repeal the state’s extreme abortion ban. “There are consequences for every decision we make as legislators, and for every vote we cast there are ramifications,” Sen. Figures said. “However, some of these effects are unintended and I truly believe this has been the case for SB314….

Lottery Bill Stalls in Alabama House

Lottery legislation has stalled in the House of Representatives after supporters did not have enough votes to get the bill up for debate. The bill has failed a procedural vote required to bring bills up for debate. Supporters were one vote short. The proposed constitutional amendment would authorize a state lottery played with paper tickets but not with video lottery…

Chris McNair, Father of 1963 Church Bombing Victim, Dies

Chris McNair, the father of one of four young girls killed in the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church, has died. His family confirmed his death Wednesday in a statement. He was 93. McNair’s daughter Denise was one of four girls killed when a bomb placed by Ku Klux Klan members ripped through Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept….

Alabama Senate Narrowly Approves Lottery Bill

Win numbers and lottery ballsThe Alabama Senate has narrowly approved a lottery bill. Senators on Thursday voted 21-12 for the bill. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The bill passed with the minimum 21 votes required to pass a constitutional amendment. The bill by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Atmore would limit a lottery to paper tickets…