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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…

Alabama House Approves Gas Tax Hike

  The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a 10-cent-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax. House members approved the bill on an 83-20 vote after five hours of debate. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate. Gov. Kay Ivey proposed the 10-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase to fund road and bridge construction. The increase would be phased in over three…

Houses Passes Controversial ‘In God We Trust’ Bill after Lengthy Debate

The Alabama House of Representatives voted to allow the phrase “In God We Trust” on public buildings, but only after debate went far off track. Black legislators on Tuesday accused a member of twisting history. In speaking for the bill, Rep. Arnold Mooney said the phrase is from the national anthem, and noted Francis Scott Key once argued slaves on…

House Approves Watered-Down Day Care Regulation Bill

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a watered-down child care bill aimed at getting more oversight for hundreds of faith-based day cares that go uninspected by the state. House members voted 86-5 Thursday for the bill described as a compromise between child welfare advocates and church centers. The bill moves to the Alabama Senate. Alabama for years has exempted…