Alabama Legislature

Sweet potato could be Alabama’s official state vegetable

File Photo (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The sweet potato could soon be the official state vegetable of Alabama. The Alabama Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill to name the sweet potato as the official state vegetable. The House of Representatives voted 94-4 for the bill, sending it on to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey for…

Alabama Senate Approves Lottery, Casino Bill

The Alabama Senate has approved a  lottery and casino legislation as lawmakers make a third attempt to advance a gambling bill this session. Senators voted 23-9 for the proposed constitutional amendment would establish a state lottery and allow nine casino sites in the state. Casino and sports betting sites would be located in Macon County as well as Jefferson County,…

Alabama Senate Expected to Debate Casino, Lottery Bill Tuesday

State senators on Tuesday are expected to debate lottery and casino legislation. Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville) said he expects to bring up a bill for debate that would establish a state lottery as well as allow multiple casino sites. McClendon says he believes he has the 21 votes needed to get the measure through the Senate. The debate comes days…

Alabama House to Consider Repeal of Habitual Offender Law

A divided legislative committee has advanced a bill to repeal Alabama’s habitual offender law that mandates longer sentences for repeat offenders. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved the bill on a 9-5 vote. The bill by Rep. Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa), would do away with the sentencing mandates for new cases and allow some prisoners to have their sentences reviewed….

Senator McClendon Creates a New Lottery Bill

Will state lawmakers take a gamble on a new lottery bill after the Senate rejected a measure this week? Now another senator is offering up a proposal he hopes will pay off. A new lottery bill is being introduced in the senate. Despite Senator Del Marsh’s Bill not being passed on Tuesday, the Alabama legislature is not giving up on…

Alabama protest bill draws criticism, gets delayed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers have delayed action on an anti-riot bill that would stiffen penalties for people taking part in “tumultuous” protests. The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sent the bill to a subcommittee. Black lawmakers raised concerns about the bill’s vague definition of riot. They also recalled Alabama’s history of using police dogs, fire hoses and arrests…

Alabama Senate Approves Transgender Treatment Ban for Children

The Alabama Senate has approved a bill to make it a felony to treat transgender youth with puberty-blockers, hormone therapy or surgery. Senators voted 23-4 to approve the bill sponsored by Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R-Trussville). The bill moves on to the Alabama House of Representatives. Alabama is one of at least eight states where conservative lawmakers are pushing such measures,…

Alabama Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

The Alabama Senate has approved medical marijuana legislation. Senators voted 21-8 today to approve the bill. The proposal now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives, where lawmakers have previously been more skeptical of the proposal. The bill by Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence) would allow people with a qualifying medical condition to purchase marijuana, in forms such as gels or…

Gambling Bill Passes First Hurdle in the Alabama Legislature

A lottery and casino bill has cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee unanimously approved the bill this morning. The bill by Sen. Del Marsh (R-Anniston) proposes a state lottery and five casinos offering table games, sports betting and slot machines. The casinos would largely be located at existing dog racing tracks. The…

Lottery, casino bill introduced in Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama lawmaker has filed a proposal to start a lottery and allow casinos in the state. Republican Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston introduced the much-anticipated gambling bill Tuesday. Marsh says his bill proposes a state lottery and five casinos, mostly at existing dog tracks. Alabama voters must approve any change to the state Constitution to…