Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard http://apr.org en Judge Won't Dismiss Charges On Ala. Legislator http://apr.org/post/judge-wont-dismiss-charges-ala-legislator <p></p><p>A judge in Opelika has refused to dismiss charges against Republican Rep. Barry Moore and he has released a document related to a public corruption investigation that includes the name of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.</p><p>Circuit Judge Jacob Walker denied a request Friday from Moore's defense lawyer to dismiss perjury and false statements charges brought against him in the corruption investigation in Lee County.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:13:42 +0000 The Associated Press 53873 at http://apr.org Judge Won't Dismiss Charges On Ala. Legislator Auburn Sports Contract Focus Of Hubbard Race http://apr.org/post/auburn-sports-contract-focus-hubbard-race <p></p><p>A decade-old old broadcasting contract at Auburn University is taking center stage in a new campaign ad.</p><p>Auburn University's former lobbyist appears in the television spot accusing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of getting confidential information to win the college's broadcasting contract more than a decade ago.</p><p>Lobbyist Buddy Mitchell says he gave Hubbard copies of the proposals to broadcast Auburn sporting events. Mitchell says that enabled Hubbard to undercut his competitors and win the 2002 contract.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:15:37 +0000 The Associated Press 52763 at http://apr.org Auburn Sports Contract Focus Of Hubbard Race Hubbard Praises Court Ruling on Prayer http://apr.org/post/hubbard-praises-court-ruling-prayer <p>House Speaker Mike Hubbard is praising the U.S. Supreme Court decision that says prayers at the opening of town council meetings don't violate the Constitution.</p><p>Hubbard filed a friend of the court brief in the case that was decided by the Supreme Court 5-4 on Monday. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the prayers used by the town council in Greece, New York, are ceremonial and in keeping with the nation's traditions.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:27:50 +0000 Associated Press 51416 at http://apr.org Hubbard Praises Court Ruling on Prayer Alabama Speaker Reacts To Plea Deal http://apr.org/post/alabama-speaker-reacts-plea-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he never tried to insert language into the state budget to help direct business to a company that had ties to his own.</p><p>Hubbard's comments come in the wake of Rep. Greg Wren's resignation and guilty plea Tuesday to an ethics violation.</p><p>Wren admitted trying to put language into the state budget to help American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. of Bessemer get state Medicaid business. Wren's plea agreement says Hubbard supported the language and directed it be added to the budget.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 23:43:06 +0000 The Associated Press 49694 at http://apr.org Alabama Speaker Reacts To Plea Deal National Study Faults Alabama's Fiscal Planning http://apr.org/post/national-study-faults-alabamas-fiscal-planning <p></p><p>A new study ranks Alabama 44th among the states in long-range budgeting.</p><p>The study was released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington. It says Alabama needs to look beyond one-year budgets and consider multi-year revenue forecasts and the costs of programs over several years. The report complimented Alabama for having adequate pension funding, a Legislative Fiscal Office to analyze spending, and a well-designed rainy day fund.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:12:18 +0000 The Associated Press 46199 at http://apr.org National Study Faults Alabama's Fiscal Planning Ala. House GOP Pushes Worker Training Program http://apr.org/post/ala-house-gop-pushes-worker-training-program <p>Alabama House Republicans are pushing for the expansion of a program that lets high school students take job training classes at two-year colleges.</p><p></p><p>Students already can enroll in classes like welding and aviation mechanics while completing their high school studies.</p><p>Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard says expanding the program will boost the number of skilled workers in the state.</p><p>The proposed legislation would create a $10 million scholarship program to expand the state's current dual enrollment program.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:53:38 +0000 The Associated Press 46197 at http://apr.org Ala. House GOP Pushes Worker Training Program Ala. House Democratic Leader Pushing State Lottery http://apr.org/post/ala-house-democratic-leader-pushing-state-lottery <p></p><p>The Democratic leader in the Alabama House is calling for the Legislature to use its election-year session to approve a state lottery.</p><p>House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says a lottery could create as much as $250 million annually for schools. He says many Alabamians are playing lotteries in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, and he wants to keep their money at home.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:47:14 +0000 The Associated Press 42980 at http://apr.org Ala. House Democratic Leader Pushing State Lottery Hubbard Working With Gov. Bentley On Boeing Pitch http://apr.org/post/hubbard-working-gov-bentley-boeing-pitch <p></p><p>House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he's assured the governor that the Legislature will make sure Alabama is competitive for the Boeing 777X aircraft assembly plant.</p><p>The Republican leader from Auburn said Thursday that he and Gov. Robert Bentley have had discussions about Boeing and have gone over different scenarios about what the Legislature could do to help.</p><p>Hubbard says he told the governor that legislators will do everything in their power to land the Boeing project.</p><p>Alabama's offer to Being is due Tuesday. Several other states are competing for the project.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:32:57 +0000 The Associated Press 42763 at http://apr.org Hubbard Working With Gov. Bentley On Boeing Pitch Alabama House GOP Sets 2014 Agenda http://apr.org/post/alabama-house-gop-sets-2014-agenda <p></p><p>House Speaker Mike Hubbard says the agenda for the House Republican Caucus in 2014 will continue the GOP's record of changing the status quo, and it will include several measures affecting taxpayers.</p><p>The House Republican Caucus unveiled what it is calling its "Common Sense Conservative" agenda Thursday.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:29:22 +0000 The Associated Press 42762 at http://apr.org Alabama House GOP Sets 2014 Agenda Ala. Speaker Sends $17,797 From Campaign To State http://apr.org/post/ala-speaker-sends-17797-campaign-state <p></p><p>Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard recently transferred nearly $18,000 from his campaign fund to the state treasury.</p><p>Hubbard said he made the transfer of $17,797 because the campaign rules are not clear and he wanted to be extra careful.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:14:53 +0000 The Associated Press 39084 at http://apr.org Ala. Speaker Sends $17,797 From Campaign To State 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 House Speaker Hires Prominent Birmingham Lawyer http://apr.org/post/house-speaker-hires-prominent-birmingham-lawyer <p></p><p>Birmingham attorney Mark White says he's been hired by Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard to pursue people accused of libeling him.</p><p>Hubbard's business, Auburn Network, recently canceled a consulting contract with Southeast Alabama Gas District, which financed his trip to Paris this year. Hubbard traveled with other state officials, whose trips were financed by the Alabama Department of Commerce.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:23:21 +0000 The Associated Press 37703 at http://apr.org House Speaker Hires Prominent Birmingham Lawyer Poole Named Ala. House Education Budget Chairman http://apr.org/post/poole-named-ala-house-education-budget-chairman <P>Republican state Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa has been named chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Education Committee.</P> <P>Poole was appointed to the position Wednesday by Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn. Effective Aug. 1, he will replace Republican Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery, who last week announced he is resigning his position in the Legislature.</P> <P>The Ways and Means Education Committee is charged with putting together the state's almost $6 billion education budget. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:24:30 +0000 The Associated Press 34324 at http://apr.org Poole Named Ala. House Education Budget Chairman Ala GOP Says Gay Marriage Case Hurts State Taxpayers http://apr.org/post/ala-gop-says-gay-marriage-case-hurts-state-taxpayers <p>The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party says U.S. Supreme Court decisions favoring gay marriage are an affront to Christian principles and hurt taxpayers.</p><p>GOP chair Bill Armistead says Alabama taxpayers will now "be on the hook" for funding federal benefits to homosexual couples even though a decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act only affects states where gay marriage is legal.</p><p>Armistead says the United States was founded on Christian values, and he says the Bible is clear that marriage can only between heterosexual couples.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:48:05 +0000 The Associated Press 33062 at http://apr.org Ala GOP Says Gay Marriage Case Hurts State Taxpayers Fast Passage Leads To Alabama Legislative Slowdown http://apr.org/post/fast-passage-leads-alabama-legislative-slowdown <P>A legislative session that began with a rapid pace five weeks ago has been slowed by hard feelings over the passage of private school tax credits.</P> <P>Democratic opponents of the tax credits are slowing down action in the House and Senate. House Minority Leader Craig Ford says the slowdown will resume when the Legislature meets Tuesday and will continue for the foreseeable future.</P> <P>Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard says Ford is upset Republicans took bold steps to improve public education. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:07:03 +0000 The Associated Press 26518 at http://apr.org Fast Passage Leads To Alabama Legislative Slowdown