Senator Phil Williams http://apr.org en Wind Legislation Faces Public Hearing http://apr.org/post/wind-legislation-faces-public-hearing <p>The first ever state regulations on wind energy could become law soon.&nbsp; The legislation has already passed in the Senate and a public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow in the House.&nbsp; Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy is charging the <a href="http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACTIONViewFrameMac.asp?TYPE=Instrument&amp;INST=SB12%20&amp;DOCPATH=searchableinstruments/2014RS/Printfiles/&amp;PHYDOCPATH=//alisondb/acas/searchableinstruments/2014RS/PrintFiles/&amp;DOCNAMES=SB12-int.pdf,SB12-eng.pdf," target="_blank">legislation</a> is intended to stop two of their wind farms fro Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:42:19 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 48569 at http://apr.org Wind Legislation Faces Public Hearing Updated: Future of Wind Power in Alabama at a Defining Moment http://apr.org/post/updated-future-wind-power-alabama-defining-moment <p>A bill now before the Alabama House would set the state’s first regulations on wind farms.&nbsp; The plan would mean building large wind mills to generate electricity. The plan to regulate wind power in Alabama passed the Senate last week by a vote of 24-to-6.&nbsp; Bill sponsor Republican Phil Williams represents Etowah and Cherokee Counties. He says he started looking into wind farms when he learned of two projects planned for his district.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:41:41 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 47523 at http://apr.org Updated: Future of Wind Power in Alabama at a Defining Moment House Panel Says Exclude Some As Youthful Offenders http://apr.org/post/house-panel-says-exclude-some-youthful-offenders <p>The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to exclude those charged with the most serious crimes from having their cases settled under youthful offender status.</p><p>State Rep. Phil Williams of Huntsville is sponsoring the bill. It passed the committee Wednesday and would exclude those charged with Class A felonies from youthful offender status.</p><p>Youthful offender status means young people, usually younger than 21, can in most cases keep their convictions secret.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:02:06 +0000 The Associated Press 26248 at http://apr.org House Panel Says Exclude Some As Youthful Offenders 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