Sen. Jim McClendon

Alabama Senate Delays Lottery Vote Amid Divisions

Win numbers and lottery ballsA divided Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on lottery legislation. Republican Sen. Jim McClendon of Springville on Wednesday asked to carry his bill over until another day. McClendon said he feared he did not have enough votes to pass the measure. The delay came as the bill faced a filibuster and an effort to change…

Drunk Driving Bill to Close Loophole Nears Final Vote

A bill in its final stages could close a loophole in the law to reduce drunk-driving deaths. The bill introduced by Sen. Jim McClendon would require drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device after their first offense. Ignition interlocks analyze drivers’ breath and prevent cars from being started if alcohol is detected. Alabama passed an ignition interlock bill in…