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Three Alabama Lawmakers Test Positive for COVID-19

Three Alabama lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19. Alabama House of Representative spokesman Clay Redden said three lawmakers receive positive COVID-19 test results this week. He did not disclose the names of the legislators for privacy reasons. Lawmakers and legislative staff have been receiving regular COVID-19 tests since the session began last month. Lawmakers have been taking other precautions such…

LGBTQ Supporters Protest Against Bills Involving Transgender Youth

On Tuesday, LGBTQ Alabamians and supporters gathered outside the Alabama State House to protest the House Bill 1, Senate Bill 10, and House Bill 319, pertaining to transgender children and student athletes. “Our hope is to come out here, be in their faces while they’re pulling into the parking lot,” said one protester, “so they know that we don’t want…

Biden to Meet with GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Virus Relief

Snow falls on the North Lawn of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday with a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed spending about one-third of what he is seeking in coronavirus aid. White House press secretary Jen Psaki says that Biden…

Lottery, Virus Liability, Prisons Before Lawmakers in 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the 2021 regular session that will be conducted differently because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to certain areas of the statehouse is limited and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will give a televised State of the State address instead of appearing before lawmakers. Legislators plan to meet for two…

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…