Alabama Legislature

Court allows Minimum Wage Suit to go Forward

Birmingham effort to increase hourly minimum wage to $10.10 was blocked by Legislature.

AP-AL–Minimum Wage 11th Circuit revives Birmingham minimum wage lawsuit MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A federal appeals court says a lawsuit can go forward challenging an Alabama law that blocked the city of Birmingham’s attempt to set a minimum wage. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order dismissing the lawsuit. The majority-black city of Birmingham…

Alabama Legislature: Runoff Winners and Losers

State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery) was defeated in Tuesday’s Democratic Party runoff. Longtime State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery) has lost the seat he has held since winning it in 1974. His defeat in District 78 is one of the most significant of the Alabama runoffs. Click here for complete election results Holmes lost to challenger Kirk Hatcher in the Democratic…

Voters Will Decide to Put Ten Commandments on State Property

Alabama voters will face the choice of whether to display the Ten Commandments on state property like schools and public buildings in the November mid-term election. The Alabama House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment proposed by Republican state Sen. Gerald Dial 66-19 on Thursday. No state money could be used to display the set of rules or laws, given…

Time Running Out For Gun And School Safety Bills

Alabama’s legislative session is quickly coming to the end and so is time to act on school safety and gun control bills. From arming teachers to banning the sale of assault-style rifles, lawmakers have introduced several bills since the Parkland, Florida school massacre. A bill to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21 did not make…

Pay Raise for Alabama School Employees Gets Closer to Final Approval

Alabama lawmakers have approved a 2.5% pay raise for teachers and school employees that will cost more than $100 million. The Alabama Senate voted 29-0 Thursday for the pay raise in the education budget for the next fiscal year. The total $6.7 billion budget included a $1.2 million boost to Alabama State University to offset the damage of a finance…

Racial Profiling Bill a Step Closer to Final Vote

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would require police to collect data on traffic stops to prevent racial profiling. The bill by state Sen. Rodger Smitherman, a Democrat from Birmingham, would require officers to record the race of a person pulled over in a traffic stop. Police would submit data annually to the state attorney general’s office. Smitherman,…

Alabama Lawmakers Could Abolish Marriage Licenses

Alabama inched closer to abolishing judge-signed marriage licenses, a change that would let conservative probate judges avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A few Alabama probate judges for years have refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to give them to gay couples. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved the bill on a…

House Approves Redistricting Bill

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a redistricting bill after an all-day debate. Lawmakers on Thursday voted 71-32 to approve the boundaries for the 35 Senate districts. The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature. Black lawmakers, who are opposed to the plan, had the lengthy bill read aloud on the House floor. The process took…

Senate Committee Approves Day Care Inspections

Alabama lawmakers have advanced an effort to require yearly inspections of faith-based day cares that are currently exempt from state oversight. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a compromise plan passed by the House last month. The proposal would require all child care facilities that take government subsidies to be licensed. It would also allow the Department of Human…