Alabama Legislature

Alabama Legislature Votes to End Judge-Signed Marriage Licenses

Alabama lawmakers have voted to abolish judge-signed marriage licenses as some conservative probate judges continue to object to same-sex marriage. The House of Representatives voted 67-26 today for the bill that would replace marriage licenses with a new form called a marriage certificate. The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature. For years a few conservative probate…

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…

Lottery Bill Scheduled for House Vote

A proposal to start a state lottery in Alabama is heading to a key vote in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers are expected to debate the bill this afternoon. The proposed constitutional amendment would authorize a state lottery played with paper tickets but not with video lottery terminals. The lottery legislation faces an uncertain outlook. Some conservative lawmakers are opposed to…

Alabama Senate Passes Abortion Bill with No Amendments

The Alabama Senate voted 25-6 tonight to approve the abortion bill that will outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. Abortions would only be legal if the mother’s life was in danger. The Senate rejected five proposed amendments to the bill. Some had wanted rape and incest to be included among the exceptions. If the bill becomes law, a doctor…

Political Analyst Steve Flowers Talks about Alabama Abortion Bill Debate

Alabama News Network Political Analyst Steve Flowers is weighing in on the debate over Alabama’s abortion bill. That bill would outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. It would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion. Flowers says if the bill passes the Legislature and is signed by Gov. Kay Ivey, it won’t hold up in…

Chaos in Alabama Senate over Abortion Bill

There were tense moments in the Alabama Senate this morning over the abortion bill. That bill would outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. Tempers flared as Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) had asked for roll call votes for any decisions being made about the bill.  At issue was the rape/incest amendment that was added to the bill in…

Should Alabama Stop Electing Its State Board of Education Members?

Alabama’s state education system currently operates under a eight-member elected school board. But there is a move to change the elected board to a commission appointed by the governor. Gov. Kay Ivey says she’s delivered a letter to the State Board of Education, regarding a bill being filed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh in the Alabama Legislature today….

Alabama House Committee Holds Public Hearing on Lottery

A proposal to start a state lottery in Alabama is heading to a public hearing in the state House of Representatives. The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee has scheduled a hearing to be held this morning on the lottery legislation. The Senate-passed bill would authorize a lottery played by paper tickets. House members are expected to seek changes to…