Alabama Senate

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…

Alabama Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

The Alabama Senate has approved medical marijuana legislation. Senators voted 21-8 today 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 Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence) would allow people with a qualifying medical condition to purchase marijuana, in forms such as gels or…

Alabama Senate Approves COVID-19 Liability Protection

The Alabama Senate has swiftly approved legislation that would provide businesses and others protection from liability in coronavirus-related lawsuits. The bill passed today without debate on a 27-1 vote. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) has said that the bill would give protection to companies, churches and other entities from virus-related claims only…

New Senate leader: Economy, virus recovery among priorities

Senator Greg Reed/Source: Alabama Legislature MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate in February will have a new leader for the first time in a decade. Republican Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper will take the helm as president pro tempore. Reed said in a telephone interview Tuesday that rebuilding the state’s economy and alleviating the impact coronavirus pandemic will be…