Alabama House

House Approves Bail Reform Named for Aniah Blanchard

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill named for a slain college student that would allow judges to deny bond to people accused of committing violent crimes. Representatives unanimously approved the proposed constitutional amendment, and accompanying enabling legislation. The bills now move to the Alabama Senate. The bill is named for Aniah Blanchard, a 19-year-old college student who…

Alabama House Votes to Make it a Hate Crime to Target Police Officers

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill to make it a hate crime to target police officers. Representatives voted 92-0 to add the law enforcement profession to the categories, along with race and religion, covered by Alabama’s hate crime law. The bill found broad support in both parties in the House of Representatives following the shooting deaths of…

Alabama House Democrats Walk Out to Protest Abortion Bill

Alabama Democratic state representatives walked out of the State House chamber in protest of the abortion bill that was debated this afternoon. That bill passed 74-3. Those who protested the bill were upset that it would make performing an abortion a felony.  They said in a statement that the bill would cost the state millions of dollars in unnecessary lawsuits…

Alabama House Approves Bill to Outlaw Most Abortions

  The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to outlaw almost all abortions in the state, sending the bill to the Senate. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 74-3 in favor of the proposal, which would make performing an abortion a felony. The bill contains an exemption for a mother’s health, but not for rape or incest. Lawmakers say the…

Alabama House Committee Approves Abortion Bill

Protestors Outside

Three women dressed like characters in the cable TV show Handmaid’s Tale stand outside the Statehouse to confront members of a House committee that approved a bill that could ban all abortions in Alabama. The vote will send the bill to the full House.   MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama committee advanced one of the most stringent abortion restrictions…

House Committee Passes Distracted Driving Bill; Hear why one mother wants the bill to become law

The United States Department of Transportation reports that cell phone use while driving kills between 3,000 and 6,000 people each year. One Alabama law maker is pushing a bill that would ban holding a cell phone while driving. It’s called House Bill 6. It’s a distracted driving bill that sponsor Representative Allen Farley says would save hundreds of lives in…

Full Alabama House Approves The Gas Tax Hike

Debate now moved to the State Senate.

     Gas tax increase sponsor Rep. Bill Poole (R) told the full house today about the same thing he told a House Committee yesterday…that the 10 cent a gallon increase over several years is critical to the state’s future.     Apparently his sales pitch worked. The full house approved the legislation 83-20  late in the afternoon. It now goes to…

Mike Hubbard’s Name Removed from Legislature’s Website

Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s name has been removed from the Alabama Legislature’s website in the wake of his conviction on ethics charges. A jury convicted Hubbard Friday evening on 12 felony ethics charges. The felony convictions caused Hubbard’s automatic and immediate removal from office. The Legislature’s website was updated to remove Hubbard’s name as the leader of the House…