Alabama Legislature

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…

Former State Rep. Ed Henry Facing Federal Sentence

A former Alabama lawmaker who led the 2017 impeachment push against then-Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty in a health care fraud case. Former state Rep. Ed Henry is scheduled to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to theft of government property. The case involved co-payments that doctors improperly waived for Medicare…

Alabama House Democrats Walk Out to Protest Abortion Bill

Alabama Democratic state representatives walked out of the State House chamber in protest of the abortion bill that was debated this afternoon. That bill passed 74-3. Those who protested the bill were upset that it would make performing an abortion a felony.  They said in a statement that the bill would cost the state millions of dollars in unnecessary lawsuits…

Montgomery City Councilman Running in State House Special Election

Montgomery City Councilman Richard Bollinger has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the District 74 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. That seat, which represents part of Montgomery, became open with the death of Rep. Dimitri Polizos last week. “Dimitri was a wonderful man and a dear friend. I greatly respected him as a person, a business…

Alabama House Approves Gas Tax Hike

  The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a 10-cent-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax. House members approved the bill on an 83-20 vote after five hours of debate. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate. Gov. Kay Ivey proposed the 10-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase to fund road and bridge construction. The increase would be phased in over three…

Full House Could Vote Friday on Gas Tax

Alabama House Transportation, Utilities and Infastructure Committee Approves Gas Tax Bills

       The Legislative room was packed for the committee meeting, called to consider three bills involving a state gasoline tax increase. Two of the bills were approved with little discussion, but the third…the one that would increase by state gas tax by a dime a gallon over several years…was discussed at length. State Representative Bill Poole shepherded the bills through…

Cullman County School System Votes to Put “In God We Trust” on School Buildings

Cullman County to put ‘In God We Trust’ on schools CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) – The Cullman County school system has voted to put “In God We Trust” on school buildings. The Cullman Times reports that the Cullman County School Board on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution to display the motto at all county schools. The action comes after the Alabama…