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Spay Neuter Clinics
10:32 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

House Approves Bill For Ala. Spay, Neuter Clinics

Some Alabama lawmakers want to make sure that nonprofit spay and neuter clinics can keep their doors open.
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Some Alabama lawmakers want to make sure that nonprofit spay and neuter clinics can keep their doors open.

The House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow veterinarians to work for the nonprofits.

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.

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Politics & Government
10:24 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Alabama Committee Approves Fetal Heartbeat Bill

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.
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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.

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.

North Dakota approved similar legislation, but a federal judge put the law on hold while a legal challenge plays out in court.

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School Prayer Bills
12:51 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Bills Seek 10 Commandments, Prayers In Schools

Alabama lawmakers are proposing a multitude of school prayer and religious expression bills this session including one to allow the display of the Ten Commandments in schools and other public buildings.
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Alabama lawmakers are proposing a multitude of school prayer and religious expression bills this session.

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.

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.

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Lethal Injection
4:02 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ala. Seeks To Keep Secret Execution Drug Suppliers

Alabama lawmakers are seeking to keep secret the manufacturers and suppliers of the drugs used in lethal injection executions.
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Alabama lawmakers are seeking to keep secret the manufacturers and suppliers of the drugs used in lethal injection executions.

The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Tuesday.

The bill would require the state to keep the identities of people and companies who provide the drugs to the state confidential.

Rogersville Republican Lynn Greer says the state needs to make sure it can continue to obtain the lethal injection drugs.

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Dual Enrollment
3:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Ala. House GOP Pushes Worker Training Program

Alabama House Republicans are pushing for the expansion of a program that lets high school students take job training classes at two-year colleges.
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Alabama House Republicans are pushing for the expansion of a program that lets high school students take job training classes at two-year colleges.

Students already can enroll in classes like welding and aviation mechanics while completing their high school studies.

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard says expanding the program will boost the number of skilled workers in the state.

The proposed legislation would create a $10 million scholarship program to expand the state's current dual enrollment program.

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Alabama Legislature
4:45 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Alabama House Reacts To IRS-Tea Party Issues

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.

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.

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.

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.

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GOP Agenda
3:29 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Alabama House GOP Sets 2014 Agenda

The House Republican Caucus unveiled what it is calling its "Common Sense Conservative" agenda Thursday.
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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.

The House Republican Caucus unveiled what it is calling its "Common Sense Conservative" agenda Thursday.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama House Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay On Tax Credits

The Ala. House has rejected Governor Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.
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The Alabama House has rejected Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.


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.

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Veteran Legislature-Cuts
4:49 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Ala. Legislator Discusses Severity Of Budget Cuts

Representative Richard Lindsey of Centre says he's never seen state services cut to their current level.
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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.


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.

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Mini Trial-Bill
4:41 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House Moves To Eliminate Trials For Guilty Plea

A bill in the Alabama House aims to streamline ourtroom procedures in cases where the defendant has entered a guilty plea.

Alabama House members have moved forward with a bill to streamline courtroom procedures in cases where the defendant has entered a guilty plea.


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.


A hearing known as a "mini-trial" is held when a defendant will not face the death penalty. In those cases, the hearing serves no legal purpose.

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School Flexibility
4:22 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Alabama School Flexibility Bill Divided By Tenure

The Alabama House and Senate remain divided on school flexibility bill.
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The Alabama House and Senate are divided over whether a school flexibility bill should include flexibility with teacher tenure laws.


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. The House refused to go along with the Senate's changes and sent the bill to a six-member conference committee to try working out the differences.

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Legislature-Payback Bill
4:36 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Ala. House Oks Bill To Repay Money To ATF

The Alabama House has passed a bill that require repayment of $437 million that voters allowed to be transferred from a state savings account.
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The Alabama House has voted to require repayment of $437 million that voters allowed to be transferred from a state savings account by 2026.


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.

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2013 Legislative Session
7:31 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Ala. House Democrats: Put Officer in Each School

Alabama House Democrats want police officers at every public school in the state. The bill is meant to prevent incidents like the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Alabama House Democrats want to put an armed police officer in each of the approximately 1,500 public schools in Alabama.


Representative Merika Coleman-Evans of Birmingham says the measure is aimed at preventing incidents like the recent school shootings in Connecticut.

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Legalizing Medical Marijuana
4:56 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Ala. House Panel Votes 'No' On Medical Marijuana

A House Panel has defeated a bill that would have legalized the sale of medical marijuana.
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An Alabama House committee has defeated a bill that would have legalized the sale of medical marijuana.


The committee voted 12-2 against the bill by Democratic Rep, Patricia Todd of Birmingham.

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Special Election
5:08 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Gov. Bentley Sets Special Election For Ala. House Seat

Gov. Bentley has set a schedule for the special election to fill the District 34 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.

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