Alabama Legislature

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…

What Can we Expect From the 2020 Alabama Legislative Session?

The 2020 Alabama Legislative Session is just over a week away, so what can we expect from lawmakers? Last year two lottery bills stalled in the state house, but Monday Republican Representative Steve Clouse announced that he would introducing a lottery bill this session. Find that story here. Another issue that lawmakers have been working on, is repealing a grocery tax…

Will Dismukes Drops Out of Second District Congressional Race

Alabama State Rep. Will Dismukes (R-District 88) has dropped out of the Republican race for the second district congressional seat. His campaign manager Henry Thornton made the announcement by email this afternoon. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce today that I am withdrawing from the 2nd congressional district race,” Dismukes said in the emailed statement. “I want…

Charlotte Meadows and Michael Fritz to Face Off in Runoff

The House District 74 seat is another step closer to being filled.  Candidates Michael Fritz and Charlotte Meadows will now face off in a runoff. The winner of the run-off will face Democrat Rayford Mack for the vacant seat,  Charlotte Meadows is the co-chair of Montgomery’s first charter school and Michael Fritz is a bankruptcy lawyer.  Alabama News Network spoke…

Lawmakers Approve Education Budget with 4% Pay Raise

Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to an education trust fund budget that includes a 4% pay increase for K-12 teachers and other public school employees. Lawmakers gave final approval to the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk. Ivey released the following statement, following the Legislature’s action:…