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Animal Rights Bill Draws Criticism from Humane Groups

An animal rights bill moving through the Alabama State House has caught the attention of animal rights groups across the state The legislation, proposed by Senator Jack Williams of Mobile would give authority in animal abuse cases that involve working animals and animal enterprises to the State Department of Agriculture. Animal rights and humane groups fear the law would strip…

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…

What Can we Expect From the 2020 Alabama Legislative Session?

The 2020 Alabama Legislative Session is just over a week away, so what can we expect from lawmakers? Last year two lottery bills stalled in the state house, but Monday Republican Representative Steve Clouse announced that he would introducing a lottery bill this session. Find that story here. Another issue that lawmakers have been working on, is repealing a grocery tax…

New State Representative Wes Allen Ready for First Session

The gavel rang in the beginning of the 2019 legislative session today at the State House in Montgomery. Standing in the room so many great lawmakers have been before can be overwhelming. But newly elected representative Wes Allen is ready for what lies ahead. “It’s been a long road to this point,” Allen says. “You know, November seemed like a…

Alabama Democratic Leader Says Party is on “Life Support”

The leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives says the state of the Alabama Democratic Party is on “life support.” House Minority Leader Craig Ford on Wednesday called for Chairwoman Nancy Worley and Vice-Chairman Joe Reed to step down. Democrats currently hold no statewide office in Alabama. Ford said voters will see few competitive races on election day. Ford…

Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalized Marijuana Oil

A bid to decriminalize medicinal marijuana oil has passed a hurdle in the Alabama legislature. Senators on Wednesday voted 29-3 for the bill, which would legalize possession of cannabidiol. Bill sponsor Rep. Paul Sanford says he hopes CBD oil access will provide a little “sunlight” to families struggling with debilitating medical conditions. Republican Sen. Phil Williams says current evidence on…

Lawmakers Vote to Protect Funds for Roads and Bridges

The Alabama House of Representatives today voted 90 – 3 in favor of Senate Bill 180. The bill was introduced by Sen. Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and is designed to protect revenue for Alabama’s roads and bridges. Based on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2015 Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure, Alabama’s roads received a grade of D+, and its bridges…