Alabama Senate

Marsh: Poor Choice of Words on COVID-19 Cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate said he used a poor choice of words when he suggested he wanted more people to get infected with the new coronavirus. “It was a poor choice of words on my end,” Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh told The Associated Press, saying he didn’t wish for anyone to become…

NRA Endorses Sessions in Senate Race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The National Rifle Association is endorsing Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. The NRA-Political Victory Fund announced the endorsement, citing Sessions’ known track record in the Senate. Sessions faces former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in the March 31 Republican primary runoff. The winner will face U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in November….

Alabama Legislature Approves Money for Coronavirus Response

Alabama lawmakers have approved additional money for coronavirus testing and response to increase the number of people being screened for the rapidly spreading illness. The Alabama Senate approved a $5 million supplemental appropriation for the Alabama Department of Public Health to fund coronavirus preparations today. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said the funding should help provide centers where people…

House Approves Bail Reform Named for Aniah Blanchard

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill named for a slain college student that would allow judges to deny bond to people accused of committing violent crimes. Representatives unanimously approved the proposed constitutional amendment, and accompanying enabling legislation. The bills now move to the Alabama Senate. The bill is named for Aniah Blanchard, a 19-year-old college student who…

State Senate Approves Bill to Block Occupational Tax

READ: Statement from Governor Kay Ivey’s office on the passage of a  bill to block cities from enacting new occupational taxes: Governor Ivey does not want to see unfair burdens placed upon hardworking Alabamians. Occupational taxes would not only hurt employees living within those city limits where they are proposed, but also those men and women who commute in from…

Jeff Sessions expected to announce run for his Old Senate Seat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce he’s running for his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions is expected to make the announcement on Thursday. His decision to run was confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday by two Republicans with direct knowledge of his plans. They were not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on…

State Senator Cam Ward to Run for Supreme Court

Sen. Cam Ward (R) District 14 State Senator Cam Ward has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination to serve as an Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court. Ward will officially qualify on Tuesday, October 8th, the first day that the Alabama Republican Party allows candidates to file the required paperwork to run for the position. Ward serves…

Roy Moore Lags in Campaign 2020 Fundraising; Sen. Doug Jones Leads

Republican Roy Moore has raised less than $17,000 so far in his newest U.S. Senate race. Moore this week reported raising $16,693 since announcing his candidacy four weeks ago and trails almost all other candidates in fundraising. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones has raised the most. He brought in $2 million last fundraising quarter and has a campaign balance of…

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…