Alabama Legislature

Alabama Senate Approves COVID-19 Liability Protection

The Alabama Senate has swiftly approved legislation that would provide businesses and others protection from liability in coronavirus-related lawsuits. The bill passed today without debate on a 27-1 vote. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) has said that the bill would give protection to companies, churches and other entities from virus-related claims only…

Opening Day of the Legislature to Feature “State of the State” Address

FILE – Gov. Kay Ivey (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File) Alabama lawmakers will return to Montgomery for the 2021 regular session, which will be conducted differently because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers convene at noon today. Republican lawmakers have said a top priority will be legislation to shield companies and others from civil lawsuit liability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alabama lawmakers…

Former Alabama State Senator Larry Dixon Dies at 78

Former Alabama State Senator Larry Dixon has died. Sources with the Alabama Republican Party confirm to Alabama News Network that Dixon passed away Friday. Dixon served the 25th District in Montgomery and Elmore counties from 1983 until 2010. Before that, he was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1978 to 1982. Dixon was also the chair of…

Reed, Ross React to the Death of Former State Rep. Alvin Holmes

FILE – June 16, 2010 (AP Photo/Jamie Martin, File) Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and Alabama State University President Quinton Ross have released statements remembering the life of former State Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery. Holmes died at his home Saturday at the age of 81. From Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed: “Former Representative Alvin Holmes dedicated his life to being the…

Former Longtime Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes Dies at 81

  Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery,  March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Former Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery has died at the age of 81. Holmes had been the longest-serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives before his defeat in 2018. State House of Representatives spokesman Clay Redden confirmed Holmes’ death today.  Holmes was one of the first…

State Rep. Ronald Johnson, Longest Continuously Serving Member of the House, Dies at 76

State Rep. Ronald Johnson, (R-Sylacauga), the Dean of the Alabama House of Representatives, died this afternoon of complications from liver cancer.  He was 76. Johnson held the District 33 seat that includes portions of Clay, Coosa and Talladega counties for more than 40 years, making him the longest continuously serving member of the House. “Ron Johnson was one of the most…

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…