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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…

House Approves Parole Board Changes, Sentence Minimums

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Following concern about the release of violent offenders, Alabama’s House of Representatives has approved legislation to give the governor more control of the state parole board. Representatives voted 73-27 for the bill Thursday after contentious debate. It now moves to the Senate. Under the bill, the governor would appoint the Parole Board director. It would also…

Lawmakers Cut Back Prison Construction Plan

Alabama lawmakers have introduced a dramatically scaled-back prison construction plan that shifts part of the financial burden to local communities who want the facilities. Republican Sen. Cam Ward on Tuesday filed a new version of the plan that would authorize the state to lease up to three prisons built by local communities and allow local communities to compete for the…

Senior Alliance Calls for a State Lottery in Alabama

Next week, lawmakers will return to Montgomery to begin a special session called to debate the creation of a state lottery.  When they do,  there’s one group of Alabama voters hoping that a lottery becomes reality. Today, representatives of the American Senior Alliance held a press conference in Montgomery to show their support for the creation of a state lottery….

Alabama Medicaid Program Announce First Major Cut Caused by Budget Cuts

Alabama’s Medicaid program has announced its first major cut due to budget cuts. The Medicaid Agency announced Wednesday that it would end enhanced reimbursement payments for primary care doctors beginning Aug. 1. Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar said it was a “difficult, but necessary cut due to the budget crisis the Medicaid Agency is facing.” The “primary care bump” put some…

Lawmakers Name State Cake

Alabama has an official state bird, nut, fruit and even crustacean. The state might soon have an official state cake- a lane cake. The House of Representatives voted Thursday night to name lane cake as the official state cake. The bill now goes to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature. The layered confection made with pecans, flaked coconut and…

Lawmakers to Hold Hearings on State’s Medicaid Program

Alabama lawmakers will hold hearings this week on the state’s Medicaid program. The House and Senate general fund budget committee have scheduled a joint meeting Wednesday to discuss funding for the health care program that covers approximately a million Alabamians. House Speaker Mike Hubbard said last week that lawmakers plan to question Medicaid officials about the agency’s finances and costs….

Lawmakers Consider Proposal to Raise State Gas Tax

Alabama lawmakers are considering a proposal to raise the state gasoline tax to fund road and bridge construction. Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon introduced the bill Tuesday. The proposal would raise the tax by six cents per gallon. The tax would be adjusted every four years to equal the average tax in Alabama’s four border states. The tax would end in…

US Attorney Responds to Letter From Lawmakers Asking for Investigation

The US Attorney for Alabama’s Middle District has responded to a letter from several Alabama lawmakers asking for the federal government to look into the ethics investigation of House Speaker Mike Hubbard. George Beck held a press conference Friday morning to say he officially hasn’t received the letter but has read it through various media outlets.  The letter, which is…

Legislators Introduce Lottery Proposal

Some lawmakers say it’s time for Alabama to consider a lottery. Tuesday, Senator Jim McClendon of Springville and Representative Alan Harper of Northport introduced legislation for the upcoming session. It would allow Alabamians a chance to vote on a lottery. McClendon said he is introducing the bill because his constituents “constantly” tell him they want to see a lottery in Alabama. The bill…