Alabama Senate http://apr.org en Committee Approves Secrecy For Execution Drugs http://apr.org/post/committee-approves-secrecy-execution-drugs <p></p><p>Alabama lawmakers are getting close to approving a bill that would keep secret the identities of manufacturers and suppliers of lethal injection drugs used in state executions.</p><p>The Senate Health Committee approved the legislation Wednesday in a 7-0 vote. It now moves to the Alabama Senate floor.</p><p>Rep. Lynn Greer, a Rogersville Republican, says states are struggling to get execution drugs because pharmacies and companies fear lawsuits and backlash from death penalty opponents.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:34:05 +0000 The Associated Press 48694 at http://apr.org Committee Approves Secrecy For Execution Drugs Common Core Sides Spar Over 'Opt Out' Bill http://apr.org/post/common-core-sides-spar-over-opt-out-bill <p></p><p>A state senator says letting local school systems opt out of Common Core would let policy makers compare outcomes between the new and old curriculum standards.</p><p>The Senate Education Committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on the Common Core opt out bill. Schools could revert to the previous standards for math and English.</p><p>The latest bill brought out familiar arguments in the long-running Common Core debate.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:15:30 +0000 The Associated Press 48225 at http://apr.org Common Core Sides Spar Over 'Opt Out' Bill Ala. Senate Committee Approves Cannabis Oil Bill http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-committee-approves-cannabis-oil-bill <p>Alabama lawmakers took a step toward effectively legalizing a marijuana extract that doesn't get people high, but can be used to treat certain medical conditions.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at allowing people with certain illnesses to possess the oil called cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil.</p><p>Sen. Paul Sanford says the oil does not make people feel high, because it is low in marijuana's psychoactive compound.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:38:55 +0000 The Associated Press 46284 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Committee Approves Cannabis Oil Bill 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 Ala. Senate Seeks Crowd Funding For Small Business http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-seeks-crowd-funding-small-business <p></p><p>The Alabama Senate is trying to give people a new way to raise money to start small businesses.</p><p>The Senate voted 31-0 Thursday for a "crowd funding" bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur.</p><p>The legislation is backed by the Alabama Securities Commission. It would allow someone trying to start a small business in Alabama to use social media and advertising to find small investors who live in the state. It is limited to raising $1 million, and it is restricted to Alabama businesses and investors because of federal regulations.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:16:23 +0000 The Associated Press 45496 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Seeks Crowd Funding For Small Business Lawmakers Consider Emergency Voting During Storms http://apr.org/post/lawmakers-consider-emergency-voting-during-storms <p></p><p>The Alabama Legislature may make it easier for voters to cast absentee ballots when there is a hurricane or other weather emergency.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:12:05 +0000 The Associated Press 45495 at http://apr.org Lawmakers Consider Emergency Voting During Storms Alabama Sen. Shadrack McGill Won't Run Again http://apr.org/post/alabama-sen-shadrack-mcgill-wont-run-again <p></p><p>Republican state Sen. Shadrack McGill of Woodville has decided one term in the Senate is enough.</p><p>McGill pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2010 election when he beat Democratic Senate leader Lowell Barron of Fyffe.</p><p>McGill told the Times-Journal in Fort Payne that serving in Montgomery puts a strain on a family, and that contributed to his decision not to run in 2014.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:14:45 +0000 The Associated Press 42850 at http://apr.org Alabama Sen. Shadrack McGill Won't Run Again Lawmaker Denies Republican Slant In Redistricting http://apr.org/post/lawmaker-denies-republican-slant-redistricting <p>A state senator who was in charge of a committee that drew Alabama's senate districts has denied that the process was intended to create more Republican districts.</p><p>Republican Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville testified in federal court Thursday that his only goals going into the redistricting process were to prevent incumbents from facing each other, to avoid reducing the percentage of minorities in majority black districts, and to protect communities of interest.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:13:51 +0000 The Associated Press 35690 at http://apr.org Lawmaker Denies Republican Slant In Redistricting Ala. Senate Panel Delays Voting On Gulf Hotel Bill http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-panel-delays-voting-gulf-hotel-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An Alabama Senate committee has delayed consideration of a bill to support efforts by Gov. Robert Bentley's administration to build a hotel and conference center on the beach at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.</p><p>The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meeting was postponed Wednesday because there were not enough members present to have a quorum and conduct business. Committee Chairman Republican Sen. Paul Scofield of Guntersville says he will call another meeting either later this week or next week to consider the bill.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:15:26 +0000 The Associated Press 26249 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Panel Delays Voting On Gulf Hotel Bill Alabama School Flexibility Bill Divided By Tenure http://apr.org/post/alabama-school-flexibility-bill-divided-tenure <P>The Alabama House and Senate are divided over whether a school flexibility bill should include flexibility with teacher tenure laws.</P> <P>The House passed a bill Feb. 14 to allow city and county school systems to have flexibility in complying with state education laws, including tenure. The Senate rewrote the bill Thursday to exclude tenure. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:22:28 +0000 The Associated Press 25840 at http://apr.org Alabama School Flexibility Bill Divided By Tenure Alabama Senate Votes For Scottsboro Boys Pardon http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-votes-scottsboro-boys-pardon <P>The Alabama Senate has approved legislation to allow posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.</P> <P>The Senate voted 29-0 Thursday for the legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur. The bill now goes to the House for what Orr predicts will be a similar vote.</P> <P>The Scottsboro Boys were nine young black men accused of raping two white women aboard a train in north Alabama in 1931. One of the women later recanted her story. One of the Scottsboro Boys got a pardon before dying, but the other eight didn't. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:45:14 +0000 The Associated Press 25415 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Votes For Scottsboro Boys Pardon Alabama Senate Votes For State IT Consolidation http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-votes-state-it-consolidation <P>The Alabama Senate has voted to consolidate the information technology operations of all state agencies under a board that could outsource services.</P> <P>The Senate voted 31-0 Tuesday for the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Phil Williams of Gadsden. It would turn over the IT programs of the state Finance Department to a new Alabama Technology Authority. The authority could coordinate IT services among state agencies and could contract with private companies to provide those services. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:56:29 +0000 The Associated Press 24849 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Votes For State IT Consolidation Alabama Senate Poised for Government Consolidation http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-poised-government-consolidation <DIV> <P>Government consolidation and efficiency in on the agenda for the Alabama Senate.</P> <P>Senate leaders said the Senate's work agenda Thursday will include a bill to consolidate and reorganize the more than 20 law enforcement programs in state government. The Senate also plans to take up bills cutting the number of legislative service agencies and reorganizing the state's information technology services, including creating a Cabinet-level secretary for information technology.</P> <P>Thursday is the first day the Senate can pass any bills in the 2013 session. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:52:56 +0000 The Associated Press 24511 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Poised for Government Consolidation Ala. Lieutenant Governor to Meet Senate Leaders http://apr.org/post/ala-lieutenant-governor-meet-senate-leaders <DIV> <P>Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is to meet with Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston and with Senate Minority Leader Vivian Figures of Mobile in preparation for the 2013 session of the Legislature.</P> <P>The meeting with Ivey will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the lieutenant governor's office at the Capitol. The session begins Tuesday.</P> <P>Ivey said each of the Senate leaders will answer questions from the news media and deliver brief remarks,</P> <P>Figures was recently elected Senate Minority Leader. Ivey said she will welcome Figures to her new post. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:17:43 +0000 The Associated Press 24080 at http://apr.org Ala. Lieutenant Governor to Meet Senate Leaders 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