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Gov. Ivey Issues Executive Order on Federal CARES Act Funds

The final day of the 2020 Alabama legislative session ended with both budgets being signed and Governor Ivey issuing an executive order on the allocation of federal CARES Act money. Some lawmakers felt left out, as the Governor issued her guidelines for the allocation of $1.8 Billion in Coronavirus relief funds. “I thought it was inappropriate , but at the…

Legislature Meeting Amid ‘Animosity’ Over COVID Relief Cash

Alabama lawmakers are meeting for the final day of the legislative session amid a continuing dispute with Gov. Kay Ivey over how to use the state’s $1.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds. Lawmakers will decide whether to accept, or reject, Ivey’s executive amendment on a spending bill to broadly detail how all the COVID-19 funds should be used. The…

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…

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…

A Preview of Alabama Politics in 2020

The Alabama Legislative Session is set to begin in just a few weeks, and with a new year comes new political agendas. Last year we saw a controversial abortion bill pass through the Legislature, and talks of an Alabama lottery stalled before it gained any traction. The year 2020 is expected to have a host of crucial bills pass through…

House May Vote on Measure to Abolish Elected School Board

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives could vote Friday on a proposal to replace Alabama’s elected state school board with a new commission appointed by the governor. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh have championed the effort. The fate of their proposal will be decided on what is expected to be the…

Alabama Legislature/Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Marriage Certificates instead?

House committee approves change to marriage forms MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers are close to abolishing judge-signed marriage licenses as some conservative probate judges continue to object to same-sex marriage. Couples would still get a form at the local courthouse to get married. But it would be called a marriage certificate. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday….

Where Are The Female Candidates?

No Female Montgomery Mayoral Candidates (so far)? An almost all-male city council?

THERE IS A RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN SERVING IN CONGRESS THIS YEAR. BUT THE ALABAMA DELEGATION REMAINS MOSTLY MALE, AS DOES THE ALABAMA LEGISLATURE, AND THE MONTGOMERY CITY COUNCIL WAS ALL MALE  TILL THE ELECTION TO FILL DAVID BURKETTE’S SEAT. THAT RESULTED IN THE ELECTION OF AUDREY GRAHAM TO THE DISTRICT FOUR SEAT. Alabama News Network Senior Political Reporter Tim…

Senate Approves Budget with Prison Funding Boost

The Alabama Senate has approved a state general fund budget that gives additional money to the state prison system to try to comply with a court order to overhaul mental health care to inmates. Senators voted 26-2 for the budget on Tuesday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The proposed spending plan would send an additional $51…

House Approves Watered-Down Day Care Regulation Bill

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a watered-down child care bill aimed at getting more oversight for hundreds of faith-based day cares that go uninspected by the state. House members voted 86-5 Thursday for the bill described as a compromise between child welfare advocates and church centers. The bill moves to the Alabama Senate. Alabama for years has exempted…