Alabama Senate

Alabama Senate Approves Bill to Require Race Data to Be Collected at Traffic Stops

The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that will require police agencies to record racial data during traffic stops. Senators approved the legislation on a 19-7 vote. It moves to the Alabama House. State Sen. Rodger Smitherman (D-Birmingham) said his bill is intended to prevent the targeting of motorists based on their race or ethnicity. The bill would require police…

Alabama Senate Approves Lottery, Casino Bill

The Alabama Senate has approved a  lottery and casino legislation as lawmakers make a third attempt to advance a gambling bill this session. Senators voted 23-9 for the proposed constitutional amendment would establish a state lottery and allow nine casino sites in the state. Casino and sports betting sites would be located in Macon County as well as Jefferson County,…

Alabama Senate Expected to Debate Casino, Lottery Bill Tuesday

State senators on Tuesday are expected to debate lottery and casino legislation. Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville) said he expects to bring up a bill for debate that would establish a state lottery as well as allow multiple casino sites. McClendon says he believes he has the 21 votes needed to get the measure through the Senate. The debate comes days…

Alabama Senate Delays Lottery Vote Amid Divisions

Win numbers and lottery ballsA divided Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on lottery legislation. Republican Sen. Jim McClendon of Springville on Wednesday asked to carry his bill over until another day. McClendon said he feared he did not have enough votes to pass the measure. The delay came as the bill faced a filibuster and an effort to change…

Reaction from Macon County on Gambling Bill Failing in the Senate

Officials in Macon county react to the gambling bill failing to pass in the senate Tuesday. Victoryland is one of the few electronic bingo facilities that are open in Alabama. In recent years Victoryland has not been fully operational even before the pandemic. This has drastically affected the revenue in Macon County. Macon county Commission Chairman Louis Maxwell says it…

Gambling Bill Fails in Alabama Senate By Two Votes

  The Alabama Senate has voted down a bill that would have created a constitutional amendment to legalize gambling in the state. The bill got 19 votes in favor and 13 against, but needed 21 votes to pass due to it being a proposed constitutional amendment. The bill originally had five locations for planned casinos. Before a final vote was…

Alabama Senate Approves Transgender Treatment Ban for Children

The Alabama Senate has approved a bill to make it a felony to treat transgender youth with puberty-blockers, hormone therapy or surgery. Senators voted 23-4 to approve the bill sponsored by Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R-Trussville). The bill moves on to the Alabama House of Representatives. Alabama is one of at least eight states where conservative lawmakers are pushing such measures,…

Alabama Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved medical marijuana legislation. Senators voted 21-8 Wednesday to approve the bill. The proposal now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives, where lawmakers have previously been more skeptical of the proposal. The bill by Republican Sen. Tim Melson would allow people with a qualifying medical condition to purchase marijuana, in forms…