A proposal for a statewide lottery was in jeopardy in the Alabama House of Representatives Tuesday, as advocates tried to overcome objections from opponents during floor debate. At one point, the bill appeared dead after a procedural vote failed, but supporters were trying to revive it as the evening wore on. Read the full story
A bill prohibiting pay discrimination based on gender unanimously passed the Alabama House of Representatives last week, surprising even its sponsor who is now hopeful it will become law.
Nearly 20 years from the day Fort McClellan closed as a U.S. Army base, the Alabama Army National Guard opened its post Saturday to celebrate Armed Forces Day with visitors.
Alabama lawmakers this year have approved a statewide gas tax increase, told sheriffs they can’t keep money meant for feeding jail inmates and said they want a shot at the U.S. Supreme Court with the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban.
Doug Jones, Alabama’s first Democratic senator in 25 years, spoke to a couple of dozen Democratic activists at a fundraiser at Classic Too on Noble Street.
Even as local police and government officials honored fallen comrades, sirens could be heard near the Alabama Law Enforcement Memorial in Anniston on Friday.
If approved in the House and then by Alabama voters, the constitutional amendment would be a monumental overhaul of public education governance in the state and end Alabama’s status as one of the few states with an elected board.
The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed a bill to require schools to hold back for another year third-grade students who are not reading on grade level.
A bill before the Alabama Legislature would create automatic voter registration when those eligible to vote go to receive or renew their driver’s licenses, unless the person opts out.
The Alabama Senate on Tuesday passed a bill banning nearly all abortions, sending the legislation to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature. The legislation would give Alabama the nation’s strictest abortion law.
A bill for survivors of sexual assault will require law enforcement agencies, by request, to inform survivors of test results from rape kits and to be informed at least 60 days before the kit is disposed of or destroyed.
Legislation to potentially replace Alabama’s elected K-12 board of education with a commission of gubernatorial appointees will be voted on in a Senate committee on Tuesday.
The money raised by the efforts of the students will not stay with the Legacy Club, however. It will go to help offset costs for a youth basketball camp held in Anniston later this summer.
Rep. Barbara Drummond, D-Mobile, co-sponsor of the bill, said the need for this law was brought to her attention when a superintendent confiscated a Juul, a type of electronic cigarette, from a first-grader during school hours.
A vote in the Alabama House of Representatives on a bill to prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones and other devices was delayed this week.
The Alabama House of Representatives debated for more than five hours this week legislation that Democrats argue would give the governor too much control over the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. The bill passed Thursday evening along party lines, 73 to 27.
Federal law allows food to be donated to food banks and other charitable organizations. House Bill 566 could make it easier for food distribution to happen on school campuses and for food to be given directly to students.