Alabama Legislature

Bentley’s Cabinet Member and Staff Pay Raises are Criticized

Some legislators are criticizing Gov. Robert Bentley for raising salaries of his cabinet members and staff, some by double-digit percentage increases. Bentley raised the salaries by as much as $70,000 under a 2015 law that removed old salary caps- largely considered out-of-date- and allowed pay in a range approved by the State Personnel Board. However, Sen. Arthur Orr, the sponsor…

Legislature to Vote on Alabama’s General Fund Budget

The Alabama House of Representatives is expected to vote on a lean General Fund budget that Gov. Robert Bentley has already threatened to veto over Medicaid funding. Representatives will debate the budget Tuesday afternoon on the House floor. The spending plan is $85 million short of the amount Bentley says is needed to adequately fund Medicaid and continue a planned…

Alabama Prison Construction Bill Faces First Test

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s prison construction proposal is facing its first legislative test. Bentley is asking lawmakers to approve an $800 million bond issue to build four new prisons and close most existing facilities. Some members of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee questioned aspects of the project during a public hearing Wednesday. Some lawmakers say they have concerns about…

Right-to-Work Amendment Approved in Alabama House

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved legislation reiterating Alabama’s stance as a so-called “right-to-work” state. Representatives approved the proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday on a 69-33 vote. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate. Right-to-work states prohibit companies from requiring employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Alabama law already has the prohibition, but Republicans said…

Lawmakers in Favor of Child Abuse Bill

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee was unanimously in favor of a bill proposed by Senator Clyde Chambliss to enact stiffer penalties against those who commit Aggravated Child Abuse. The bill, known as Winston’s law, was inspired by a case currently being overseen by Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston. Houston asked the State Legislature to increase the penalty of Aggravated Child…