Alabama Legislature

Gov. Ivey Signs General Fund, Education Trust Fund Budgets, Praises Legislature for Approving Her CARES Act Amendment

Gov. Kay Ivey signs the General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets – Photo from the Governor’s Office Gov. Kay Ivey has signed both the 2021 General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets. The budgets will be used starting Oct. 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year. On this final day of the 2020 regular session of the Alabama…

State Senator Expresses Concern over Plans to Reconvene Alabama Legislature

State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile) State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile) has released a letter that she’s sent to Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh asking that the Legislature not be called back into session on May 4. As Alabama News Network has reported, House Speaker Mac McCutcheon announced this week that the session would resume May 4, with…

Alabama Legislature Approves Money for Coronavirus Response

Alabama lawmakers have approved additional money for coronavirus testing and response to increase the number of people being screened for the rapidly spreading illness. The Alabama Senate approved a $5 million supplemental appropriation for the Alabama Department of Public Health to fund coronavirus preparations today. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said the funding should help provide centers where people…

Alabama Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill with 8 to 1 Vote

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee has voted 8-1 with one member abstaining to approve a medical marijuana bill and send it to the full Senate for consideration. The bill would allow people to be prescribed medical marijuana for 15 medical conditions, there would also be 34 dispensary sights in Alabama. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on the…

Gov. Kay Ivey Announces Members of Group Studying Gambling

  Gov. Kay Ivey has announced the members of her Study Group for Gambling Policy. She had announced the formation of the group during her State of the State Address earlier this month. The group will gather information to help her, the Legislature, and Alabama voters to understand how a possible expansion of gaming would impact the state. Currently, the…

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…

Governor Ivey Delivers 2020 State of the State Address

Tuesday, February 4, Governor Kay Ivey delivered the 2020 State of the State address. In her speech, Ivey touched on Alabama prisons, education, job creation, etc. Click link for Ivey’s full speech. Watch the speech on the Alabama News Network Facebook page.   Categories: Montgomery, News, Statewide Tags: Alabama Legislature, alabama state of the state, Governor Kay Ivey, State of…

Exclusive: One-on-One with Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth joined Alabama News Network Anchor Darryl Hood for an Exclusive one-on-one interview live on Alabama News Network at 6:00. Ainsworth spoke moments before Gov. Kay Ivey delivered her annual State of the State Address, speaking about his personal goals for the 2020 Legislative session. One of his goals is to promote workforce development, from K-12 education…

2020 Legislative Session Starts Today, with State of the State Address Tonight

The 2020 session of the Alabama Legislature begins today, with Gov. Kay Ivey delivering her annual State of the State Address tonight. The House of Representatives and the Senate will both come into session this afternoon. Some of the biggest issues facing lawmakers this year are prison reform, education, mental health and health care. Other perennial issues that will likely…