Alabama Legislature http://apr.org en Judge To Hold Trial On Alabama Abortion Law http://apr.org/post/judge-hold-trial-alabama-abortion-law <p></p><p>A federal judge says he will hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday that the trial will address one issue: whether the law violates the due process rights of women seeking abortion. The judge set aside all other issues raised by the clinics that sued over the law and by the state officials named as defendants.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:11:40 +0000 The Associated Press 49369 at http://apr.org Judge To Hold Trial On Alabama Abortion Law Legislature Votes To Create Ala. Workforce Council http://apr.org/post/legislature-votes-create-ala-workforce-council <p></p><p>The Alabama Legislature has agreed to create a council of business executives to advise state leaders on workforce development issues.</p><p>The Senate voted 28-1 Thursday to go along with changes the House made in a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Bussman of Cullman. The bill now goes to the governor for signing into law.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:15:43 +0000 The Associated Press 46777 at http://apr.org Legislature Votes To Create Ala. Workforce Council State Senate Works Despite Icy Weather http://apr.org/post/state-senate-works-despite-icy-weather <p></p><p>The Alabama House was unable to meet Tuesday because many members couldn't make the icy trip to Montgomery. But the Senate got enough members to Montgomery to meet.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:10:43 +0000 The Associated Press 45791 at http://apr.org State Senate Works Despite Icy Weather Alabama Legislators Visit Alabama Schools http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislators-visit-alabama-schools <p></p><p>More than two dozen Alabama legislators have taken state officials up on an invitation to visit schools in their districts and talk with students, teachers and school administrators.</p><p>Legislators said they were impressed with the teachers and students they met during the visits Tuesday. But several legislators said they were disappointed to find overcrowded classrooms and not enough money for supplies.</p><p>Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery says he's disappointed teachers have to spend so much time filling out paperwork when they could be teaching students.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:03:29 +0000 The Associated Press 40232 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislators Visit Alabama Schools Longtime Ala. Lawmaker, Civil Rights Leader Dies http://apr.org/post/longtime-ala-lawmaker-civil-rights-leader-dies <p></p><p>Demetrius Newton, a civil rights attorney who represented icons like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. before becoming the first black person to serve as speaker pro tem of the Alabama House, has died. He was 85.</p><p>Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham, a longtime friend of Newton, says he was notified by the lawmaker's family that Newton died Wednesday morning.</p><p>Newton was former city attorney for Birmingham and had served in the Legislature since 1986.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:39:57 +0000 The Associated Press 37704 at http://apr.org Longtime Ala. Lawmaker, Civil Rights Leader Dies Barry Mask Resigns Ala House http://apr.org/post/barry-mask-resigns-ala-house <p>A state legislator from Wetumpka is quitting the Alabama House before the end of his term.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Republican Rep. Barry Mask says he is resigning at the end of this month.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mask is the new chief executive of the Alabama Association of Realtors, and he will concentrate on that job full time.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mask is the third Republican to quit the House this summer. He announced his departure in a statement Tuesday.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Reps. Jim Barton of Mobile and Jay Love of Montgomery both resigned their House seats previously.<br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:23:40 +0000 The Associated Press 37228 at http://apr.org Barry Mask Resigns Ala House Alabama Legislature on Spring Break http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-spring-break <DIV> <P>The Alabama Legislature has wrapped up the first half of its 2013 session and gone on spring break.</P> <P>Wednesday marked the 15th meeting day of the session. Lawmakers left the capital city Wednesday evening and will return April 2 for their final 15 meeting days.</P> <P>The issues remaining for the second half of the session include the state education budget and the General Fund budget.</P></DIV> <P>Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.</P> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:31:17 +0000 The Associated Press 27102 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature on Spring Break Alabama Legislature Votes for Massive Law Enforcement Consolidation http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-votes-massive-law-enforcement-consolidation <P>The Alabama Legislature is starting a massive reorganization of Alabama's law enforcement programs that proponents predict will save millions.</P> <P>The Senate voted 17-2 Tuesday night to grant final approval to a law enforcement reorganization bill developed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, and Republican Gov. Robert Bentley. The bill now goes to the governor for signing into law.</P> <P>Marsh said the legislation addresses 14 law enforcement programs. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:36:18 +0000 The Associated Press 26604 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature Votes for Massive Law Enforcement Consolidation Ala. House Approves School Flexibility Legislation http://apr.org/post/ala-house-approves-school-flexibility-legislation <P>The Alabama House has approved legislation that supporters say will give local school districts the authority to make changes in rules and regulations to improve education in Alabama public schools.</P> <P>The House voted 65-37 mostly along party lines to pass the legislation called the Local Control Flexibility Act. The Republican majority in the House supported the bill and said it would allow local schools to in some cases change rules and regulations that school officials feel are getting in the way of quality education.</P> <P>Democrats mostly opposed the legislation. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:27:49 +0000 The Associated Press 25051 at http://apr.org Ala. House Approves School Flexibility Legislation Ala. Lawmaker Wants to Eliminate Some Runoffs http://apr.org/post/ala-lawmaker-wants-eliminate-some-runoffs <P>A north Alabama lawmaker is suggesting possible legislation that he said would streamline the state's election process by eliminating some party primary runoffs.</P> <P>Republican state Rep. Mike Ball of Madison told the Florence Times-Daily the primary runoffs are costly. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:26:40 +0000 The Associated Press 24716 at http://apr.org Ala. Lawmaker Wants to Eliminate Some Runoffs Longtime Ala. Democratic Sen. Hinton Mitchem Dies http://apr.org/post/longtime-ala-democratic-sen-hinton-mitchem-dies <P>One of Alabama's longest serving legislators, former Democratic state Senate President Pro Tem Hinton Mitchem of Union Grove, has died. He was 74.</P> <P>Direct Communications President Rick Heartsill, a friend of Mitchem, says the former senator died Tuesday after a long illness.</P> <P>Mitchem was a longtime tractor dealer in Albertville. He was first elected to the Albertville City Council in 1968 and then to the state House of Representatives in 1974. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:59:12 +0000 The Associated Press 23572 at http://apr.org Longtime Ala. Democratic Sen. Hinton Mitchem Dies Ala. Leaders Strategize School Shooting Prevention http://apr.org/post/ala-leaders-strategize-school-shooting-prevention <P>Participants in a Statehouse summit meeting have agreed that preventing and reacting to incidents like the Connecticut elementary school shooting will be the top priority for the Alabama Legislature in the regular session that begins Feb. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:54:41 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 23012 at http://apr.org Ala. Leaders Strategize School Shooting Prevention State officials To Rework Consulting Contract http://apr.org/post/state-officials-rework-consulting-contract Alabama's agriculture department is reworking a proposed $288,000 consulting contract. Agriculture officials on Thursday pulled the item from the agenda of the Legislative Contract Review Committee. Commissioner John McMillan said he wanted to rework the contract's terms and expand its description. The committee's agenda had included a two-year, $288,000 deal with lobbyist and former state Rep. Noopie Cosby Jr. The contract requires him to create significant agriculture product exporting and rural development programs, among other duties, for McMillan. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:07:46 +0000 The Associated Press 18892 at http://apr.org State officials To Rework Consulting Contract Alabama Sen. Jerry Fielding Switches To GOP http://apr.org/post/alabama-sen-jerry-fielding-switches-gop Another Democrat in the Alabama Legislature has switched to the Republican Party. Sen. Jerry Fielding of Talladega County announced Thursday that he's joining the Republican Party. His switch gives the Senate 23 Republicans, 11 Democrats and one independent. The Republican Party has been picking up party switchers since it took control of the Legislature in the November 2010 election. Four Democratic representatives switched shortly after the election: Steve Hurst of Munford, Alan Boothe of Troy, Lesley Vance of Phenix City, and Mike Millican of Hamilton. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:37:54 +0000 The Associated Press 18837 at http://apr.org Alabama Sen. Jerry Fielding Switches To GOP Bill Would Make Changes To School Start Date Law http://apr.org/post/bill-would-make-changes-school-start-date-law <P>Two state legislators say they will introduce a bill in the Legislature that allows local school boards to set start and stop dates for the school year in their systems.</P> <P>The bill by Republican Sen. Bill Holtzclaw of Madison and GOP Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood is being pre-filed this week. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:39:49 +0000 Associated Press 16552 at http://apr.org Bill Would Make Changes To School Start Date Law