State House

Commission Holds First Medical Marijuana Public Meeting

A state appointed group is working to draft a bill that would make medical marijuana use legal in Alabama. It held its first public meeting Tuesday at the State House. Some in attendance included Cynthia Atkinson. “I’m trying not to get emotional,” Adkinson said, standing before the Commission. She knows all too well what it’s like to lose a loved…

New State Representative Wes Allen Ready for First Session

The gavel rang in the beginning of the 2019 legislative session today at the State House in Montgomery. Standing in the room so many great lawmakers have been before can be overwhelming. But newly elected representative Wes Allen is ready for what lies ahead. “It’s been a long road to this point,” Allen says. “You know, November seemed like a…

Lottery Bill Fails in Special Session

State senators have punted a vote of a lottery bill after a test vote indicated it did not have the votes to pass. Senators stopped discussions Thursday on the bill over after a motion to end debate failed. Senate President Del Marsh said it became obvious that senators did not like the legislation. The bill would have also allowed electronic…

Lottery Bill Heads to Vote

A lottery bill is headed to a vote in the Alabama Senate. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he intends to seek an up or down vote on a lottery bill on Thursday afternoon. The bill is expected to include allowing electronic gambling machines at four dog tracks and possibly in Houston County. Marsh said he thought it was…

Bill Would Take Alabama Out of Marriage License Business

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has voted to do away with state-issued marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage. Senators approved the bill 23-3 on Tuesday. It would require couples to file a form recording their marriage rather than have county probate offices issue licenses. Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Range says…