Alabama House http://apr.org en House Approves Bill For Ala. Spay, Neuter Clinics http://apr.org/post/house-approves-bill-ala-spay-neuter-clinics <p>Some Alabama lawmakers want to make sure that nonprofit spay and neuter clinics can keep their doors open.</p><p>The House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow veterinarians to work for the nonprofits.</p><p>Birmingham Democrat Rep. Patricia Todd says the low-cost clinics are needed to address Alabama's pet overpopulation problem, and to try reducing the number of animals that are euthanized each year.</p><p>State law currently says that veterinary medicine practices have to be owned by veterinarians. Todd says a state board has threatened to close the clinics.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:32:59 +0000 The Associated Press 47451 at http://apr.org House Approves Bill For Ala. Spay, Neuter Clinics Alabama Committee Approves Fetal Heartbeat Bill http://apr.org/post/alabama-committee-approves-fetal-heartbeat-bill <p>An Alabama legislative committee has voted to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected -- something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.</p><p>The House Health Committee approved the fetal heartbeat bill Tuesday. Both sides of the abortion debate agree the proposal would ban most abortions if it becomes law. They also agreed the proposal will be destined for a court fight if given final approval.</p><p>North Dakota approved similar legislation, but a federal judge put the law on hold while a legal challenge plays out in court.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:24:54 +0000 The Associated Press 47450 at http://apr.org Alabama Committee Approves Fetal Heartbeat Bill Bills Seek 10 Commandments, Prayers In Schools http://apr.org/post/bills-seek-10-commandments-prayers-schools <p>Alabama lawmakers are proposing a multitude of school prayer and religious expression bills this session.</p><p>Legislators say the bills are an effort to push back efforts to squash all vestiges of religion from the public square. But opponents called the bills election-year pandering and said the proposals are either unnecessary or unconstitutional.</p><p>Republican Rep. Steve Hurst has proposed setting aside up to 15 minutes at the start of each school day to study the procedures of Congress, including having teachers give a verbatim reading of a congressional opening prayer.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:51:14 +0000 The Associated Press 47314 at http://apr.org Bills Seek 10 Commandments, Prayers In Schools Ala. Seeks To Keep Secret Execution Drug Suppliers http://apr.org/post/ala-seeks-keep-secret-execution-drug-suppliers <p></p><p>Alabama lawmakers are seeking to keep secret the manufacturers and suppliers of the drugs used in lethal injection executions.</p><p>The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Tuesday.</p><p>The bill would require the state to keep the identities of people and companies who provide the drugs to the state confidential.</p><p>Rogersville Republican Lynn Greer says the state needs to make sure it can continue to obtain the lethal injection drugs.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:02:13 +0000 The Associated Press 47037 at http://apr.org Ala. Seeks To Keep Secret Execution Drug Suppliers 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 Alabama House Reacts To IRS-Tea Party Issues http://apr.org/post/alabama-house-reacts-irs-tea-party-issues <p>The Alabama House has voted to make it a misdemeanor crime for state or local tax officials to audit an individual or group because of their political views.</p><p>The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Wayne Johnson of Ryland, says it is the result of how the Internal Revenue Service handled tea party groups and similar organizations.</p><p>The bill cleared the House 74-22 Tuesday, with support coming primarily from Republicans and opposition from Democrats. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:45:28 +0000 The Associated Press 45362 at http://apr.org Alabama House Reacts To IRS-Tea Party Issues 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 Alabama House Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay On Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/alabama-house-rejects-bentleys-2-year-delay-tax-credits <P></P> <P>The Alabama House has rejected Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.</P> <P>The House voted 57-10 Monday to reject the governor's proposal. Now the proposal goes to the Senate on the last meeting day of the legislative session.</P> <P>The new Alabama Accountability Act provides state tax credits of about $3,500 for parents who enroll a child in a private school or non-failing public school rather than a public school rated as failing. Mon, 20 May 2013 21:28:55 +0000 The Associated Press 30757 at http://apr.org Alabama House Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay On Tax Credits Ala. Legislator Discusses Severity Of Budget Cuts http://apr.org/post/ala-legislator-discusses-severity-budget-cuts <P>One of the longest serving members of the Legislature, Democratic Rep. Richard Lindsey of Centre, says he's never seen state services cut to their current level.</P> <P>Lindsey says cuts began in 2008, and they have continued each year since then. Lindsey says prison guards are at a bare minimum, schools don't have enough supplies, and fewer state troopers are patrolling the highways.</P> <P>Lindsey says the Legislature must decide if people want the remaining services, and if they do, how the Legislature will provide them. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:49:31 +0000 The Associated Press 27018 at http://apr.org Ala. Legislator Discusses Severity Of Budget Cuts House Moves To Eliminate Trials For Guilty Plea http://apr.org/post/house-moves-eliminate-trials-guilty-plea <P>Alabama House members have moved forward with a bill to streamline courtroom procedures in cases where the defendant has entered a guilty plea.</P> <P>Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa told fellow members of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the three-day trial procedure in the Amy Bishop case cost the state nearly $500,000.</P> <P>A hearing known as a "mini-trial" is held when a defendant will not face the death penalty. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:41:30 +0000 The Associated Press 26644 at http://apr.org House Moves To Eliminate Trials For Guilty Plea 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 Ala. House Oks Bill To Repay Money To ATF http://apr.org/post/ala-house-oks-bill-repay-money-atf <P>The Alabama House has voted to require repayment of $437 million that voters allowed to be transferred from a state savings account by 2026.</P> <P>The House voted 80-19 Thursday for the bill by Republican Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery. It was the first bill passed by the House during the 2013 regular session.</P> <P>Alabama voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution in September that allowed the state to borrow the money from the Alabama Trust Fund. The trust fund contains proceeds from oil and gas revenue. Alabama Gov. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:36:16 +0000 The Associated Press 24562 at http://apr.org Ala. House Oks Bill To Repay Money To ATF Ala. House Democrats: Put Officer in Each School http://apr.org/post/ala-house-democrats-put-officer-each-school <P>Alabama House Democrats want to put an armed police officer in each of the approximately 1,500 public schools in Alabama.</P> <P>Representative Merika Coleman-Evans of Birmingham says the measure is aimed at preventing incidents like the recent school shootings in Connecticut.</P> <P>At a news conference Wednesday, House Democrats also proposed creating a statewide lottery. House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says proceeds from the lottery would be used to pay the cost of placing a resource officer in every school. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:31:03 +0000 The Associated Press 24515 at http://apr.org Ala. House Democrats: Put Officer in Each School Ala. House Panel Votes 'No' On Medical Marijuana http://apr.org/post/ala-house-panel-votes-no-medical-marijuana <P>An Alabama House committee has defeated a bill that would have legalized the sale of medical marijuana.</P> <P>The committee voted 12-2 against the bill by Democratic Rep, Patricia Todd of Birmingham.</P> <P>Todd told committee members that marijuana can ease the pain of people suffering from cancer or other diseases. She said the image of someone toking on a joint is not always accurate with medical marijuana which is often taken in pill form or in food. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:56:14 +0000 The Associated Press 24493 at http://apr.org Ala. House Panel Votes 'No' On Medical Marijuana Gov. Bentley Sets Special Election For Ala. House Seat http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-sets-special-election-ala-house-seat Gov. Robert Bentley has set a special election schedule to fill the seat of Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta before the Legislature's next regular session. Bentley selected Thomas last week to become executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission effective Sept. 1. Thomas is resigning from the Alabama House on Aug. 31. Bentley announced Tuesday that major party candidates for the District 34 seat have until Sept. 7 to qualify with their parties. Primary elections will be Oct. 23 and a runoff, if necessary, on Dec. 11. Then the general election will be Jan. 29. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:08:22 +0000 The Associated Press 16672 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Sets Special Election For Ala. House Seat