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Residents React to ‘Permitless Carry’ Gun Bill Now on Senate Floor

Montgomery residents are reacting to the ‘Permitless Carry’ gun bill that would eliminate the Concealed Carry Pistol License. “If you don’t have to have a permit, there will be guns everywhere,” said resident, Forrest Cox. The measure was approved by a vote of 6-4 , with Senator Greg Albritton (R)- Atmore abstaining from the vote. Law enforcement is concerned that the…

State Rep. Ronald Johnson, Longest Continuously Serving Member of the House, Dies at 76

State Rep. Ronald Johnson, (R-Sylacauga), the Dean of the Alabama House of Representatives, died this afternoon of complications from liver cancer.  He was 76. Johnson held the District 33 seat that includes portions of Clay, Coosa and Talladega counties for more than 40 years, making him the longest continuously serving member of the House. “Ron Johnson was one of the most…

Gov. Ivey Signs General Fund, Education Trust Fund Budgets, Praises Legislature for Approving Her CARES Act Amendment

Gov. Kay Ivey signs the General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets – Photo from the Governor’s Office Gov. Kay Ivey has signed both the 2021 General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets. The budgets will be used starting Oct. 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year. On this final day of the 2020 regular session of the Alabama…

Some House Democrats Skip Session Return

Lawmakers returned to the State House Monday for the shortened session. And there there were some empty seats. Members of the Alabama Democratic Caucus say they’re choosing to focus on the needs and challenges of their own districts instead of returning to the legislature. Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels says the Alabama Democratic Caucus has more questions than answers,…

State Senator Expresses Concern over Plans to Reconvene Alabama Legislature

State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile) State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile) has released a letter that she’s sent to Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh asking that the Legislature not be called back into session on May 4. As Alabama News Network has reported, House Speaker Mac McCutcheon announced this week that the session would resume May 4, with…

Lawmakers Return For 2020 Legislative Session

Ahead of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s State of the State address, lawmakers returned to the State House Tuesday for the first day of the regular legislative session. Lawmakers have had April 4th circled on their calendars for a long time. Some of the Representatives tell Alabama News Network they’re excited to return and tackle some of the issues the state…

Alabama House Approves Vote on General Fund Budget

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a General Fund budget that Gov. Robert Bentley already has threatened to veto over Medicaid funding. Representatives approved the spending bill on a 65-35 vote Tuesday after a five-hour filibuster by black lawmakers. Democrats harshly criticized the proposed spending plan, which is $85 million short of the amount Bentley…