Alabama Senate

Alabama Senate Approves Revamping State School Board

The Alabama Senate voted 30-0 to overhaul the existing state school board.  A bill, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, would replace the elected state school board with a commission that would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The bill now goes to the Alabama House. If passed, this proposed constitutional amendment would be…

Alabama Senate Passes Abortion Bill with No Amendments

The Alabama Senate voted 25-6 tonight to approve the abortion bill that will outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. Abortions would only be legal if the mother’s life was in danger. The Senate rejected five proposed amendments to the bill. Some had wanted rape and incest to be included among the exceptions. If the bill becomes law, a doctor…

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…

Lawmakers Approve Change to Jail Food Funds

Alabama lawmakers have voted to end a practice that allowed some sheriffs to pocket leftover jail food funds. The Alabama Senate gave final approval Thursday to a bill that changes the flow of jail food funds. The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey. An old state law allowed sheriffs to retain any leftover jail food funds. The practice led…

Alabama Senate Narrowly Approves Lottery Bill

Win numbers and lottery ballsThe Alabama Senate has narrowly approved a lottery bill. Senators on Thursday voted 21-12 for the bill. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The bill passed with the minimum 21 votes required to pass a constitutional amendment. The bill by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Atmore would limit a lottery to paper tickets…

Alabama Senate Debating Gas Tax Hike

The Alabama Senate is expected to vote today on a proposed 10-cent gasoline tax increase in what could be the final day of the special session. Senators are scheduled to start debate at 10 a.m. on the House-passed proposal and a related oversight bill. Gov. Kay Ivey called lawmakers into special session last week to consider a 10-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase…

Full Alabama House Approves The Gas Tax Hike

Debate now moved to the State Senate.

     Gas tax increase sponsor Rep. Bill Poole (R) told the full house today about the same thing he told a House Committee yesterday…that the 10 cent a gallon increase over several years is critical to the state’s future.     Apparently his sales pitch worked. The full house approved the legislation 83-20  late in the afternoon. It now goes to…

Runoff Results: Alabama Senate District 26

Here are the results for the Democratic Party primary runoff for Alabama Senate District 26. Click here for the latest results The candidates are Montgomery City Council member David Burkette and state Rep. John Knight of Montgomery. They were the top two finishers in the primary. The district covers portions of Montgomery and Pike Road. The seat became open when…