Cam Ward http://apr.org en Bill Sets Up System To Move Alabama Judgeships http://apr.org/post/bill-sets-system-move-alabama-judgeships <P>The chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee is working on legislation to shift some Alabama judgeships to areas with heavy caseloads and backlogs in the court system.</P> <P>Republican Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster said Friday he will offer his bill when the Legislature convenes Feb. 5. It would set up a system to shift judicial positions when a circuit judge retires in a county with a low caseload.</P> <P>Judges are assigned to 41 judicial circuits in Alabama. They can cover from one to five counties. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:16:55 +0000 The Associated Press & The 23407 at http://apr.org Bill Sets Up System To Move Alabama Judgeships AG Says Boost Penalty For Operating Gambling Machines http://apr.org/post/ag-says-boost-penalty-operating-gambling-machines <P>Alabama's attorney general will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines.</P> <P>Luther Strange said Monday that he wants the penalty to go from a misdemeanor to a felony. He said the current penalty is a slap on the wrist compared to the large amounts of money that operators make.</P> <P>Strange was in Hoover on Monday to talk to legislators about their upcoming regular session, which starts Feb. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:39:59 +0000 The Associated Press 23207 at http://apr.org AG Says Boost Penalty For Operating Gambling Machines Ala. Legislators Offer Bills To Curb Elder Abuse http://apr.org/post/ala-legislators-offer-bills-curb-elder-abuse <P>Two bills proposed for the legislative session starting Feb. 5 will provide additional criminal penalties for the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older citizens.</P> <P>Two Republican legislators, Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster and Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood, announced the legislation Monday in Shelby County along with the state director of Senior Services, Neal Morrison. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 22:53:01 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 21787 at http://apr.org Ala. Legislators Offer Bills To Curb Elder Abuse Alabama Prisons To Scan Fingerprints Of Visitors http://apr.org/post/alabama-prisons-scan-fingerprints-visitors <p>State prison officials say visitors to Alabama prisons will have their fingerprints scanned for security reasons.</p><p>The the policy begins this weekend.</p><p>Prison officials say the new system will improve security by making sure visitors are who they claim to be, and that the new system will also speed up the process of checking in.</p><p>Some are expressing concerns about the new system.</p><p>State Sen. Cam Ward, who chairs a joint legislative committee that oversees prisons, said he&#39;s troubled by the idea of fingerprinting people who have not broken laws.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:48:18 +0000 Associated Press 15612 at http://apr.org Alabama Prisons To Scan Fingerprints Of Visitors