Senate Health Committee

Bill Would Replace State Health Officer with Appointed Post

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama Senate committee has advanced a bill that would let the governor appoint the state’s top public health official. The Senate Health Committee voted 8-3 on Wednesday to advance the bill by Sen. Jim McClendon to the Senate floor. McClendon, an optometrist, said the change would make the position more accountable to elected leaders. Two…