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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…

Tensions over “Monkey” Email Erupt on House Floor

Simmering tensions over a monkey email sent by an Alabama legislator erupted into shouting match on the House floor. A black lawmaker on Thursday night said a Republican legislator had offered only excuses, and not an apology, for the email The email forwarded Wednesday by Republican Rep. Lynn Greer, of Rogersville, described an experiment showing how punished monkeys will eventually…

Update: Senate Passes General Fund Budget

State senators have approved an Alabama general fund budget after a debate where tempers flared multiple times. The budget passed Thursday, 23-4. Sen. Rodger Smitherman sharply criticized one senator’s unsuccessful proposal to take $600,000 from Birmingham tourism projects. Senators also rejected an amendment that would have cut state agencies’ funding by 3.4 percent to in order to boost highway spending…

House Passes State Education Budget

Alabama lawmakers have passed the state education budget. The House of Representatives unanimously approved the $6.4 billion budget proposal Wednesday. Tuscaloosa Republican Rep. Bill Poole says the budget will keep state schools mostly funded at the same levels as last year but provides some increases for K-12 schools. It sets aside money to hire 152 more teachers in fourth through…

Senate Committee Approves Cuts in General Fund Budget

A Senate committee has voted to cut 3.4 percent from the budgets of most state agencies in order to steer $63 million to the state highway department. The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee on Wednesday approved the budget cut proposed by Republican Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville. Sanford says his amendment was a way to fund state road…

Voters to Decide on ‘Right to Life’ Language in Constitution

Alabama voters will decide in 2018 whether to write anti-abortion language into the state constitution. The Alabama House of Representatives voted 73-24 Tuesday to give final approval to the legislation seeking to put “right to life” language into the Alabama Constitution. If approved by voters, the wording could put Alabama in a position to deny access to the procedure if…

Senate Passes Bill Protecting Adoption Agencies Refusing Placements Over Religious Beliefs

Alabama might protect faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or in certain other households because of their religious beliefs. The Alabama Senate approved the bill Tuesday on a 22-9 vote. The legislation prohibits the state from refusing to license or sign contracts with faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements because of their religious beliefs. Sen….