Alabama House of Representatives

Newscast
8:24 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Charter school bill in House, prison reform bill headed to Senate, and kids "Kick Butts"

Alabama Senator Cam Ward

Lawmakers could give final approval very soon to legislation establishing charter schools in the state of Alabama.

The Alabama House of Representatives will debate a bill that would allow charter schools in the state this afternoon. That bill is expected to spark a filibuster from Democrats and other opposed lawmakers.

Charter schools are public schools that have freedom from the curriculum and regulation requirements placed on other public schools. Alabama is one of eight states without charter school legislation currently in place.

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Newscast
9:43 am
Fri March 13, 2015

"Religious freedom" bill passes House, Kathryn Windham honored and St. Patrick's Day celebrations

2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Birmingham, AL

The Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill granting legal protections for judges, ministers and others who refuse to marry same-sex couples.

Representatives approved that measure by a 69-25 vote yesterday. It will now head to the Senate.

Republican Representative Jim Hill proposed the bill after getting calls from ministers and judges concerned that they would be required to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples if and when gay marriage is restored in Alabama..

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Newscast
9:32 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Lethal injection bill passes House, Alabama women's poverty report and Windham inducted into HoF

Asma Lateef, Director of the Bread for the World Institute

Lawmakers want to keep the identities of the companies supplying drugs for lethal injections in Alabama a secret.

That's what a bill that just passed the state House yesterday in a 76 to 26 vote will guarantee. That bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.

Alabama hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2013, partly because the state has had trouble obtaining lethal injection drugs. Pharmaceutical companies have historically shied away from associating their name with an execution drug.

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Tax Bills
3:53 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Alabama House Passes Republican Tax Bills

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a slate of tax bills that are part of Republicans' election-year agenda.
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The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a slate of tax bills that are part of Republicans' election-year agenda.

One proposal approved Thursday would create an independent body to oversee taxpayer disputes. Current law allows the Department of Revenue to appoint administrative judges to settle disagreements. Lawmakers say that system gives the agency too much power.

Another bill would let the Revenue Department suspend tax collections if the collection cost exceeds the revenue generated.

Two other bills are aimed at small businesses.

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Special Elections
3:18 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

3 Special Elections For Alabama House On Tuesday

Voters in three parts of Alabama will participate in special elections Tuesday to help fill vacancies in the Alabama House of Representatives.
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Voters in three parts of Alabama will participate in special elections Tuesday to help fill vacancies in the Alabama House of Representatives.

In House District 104 that covers part of Mobile County, a Republican runoff will be held between businesswoman Margie Wilcox and Susan Hightower, who's the wife of Republican state Sen. Bill Hightower of Mobile.

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Alabama Legislature
8:23 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Barry Mask Resigns Ala House

Alabama Rep. Barry Mask is the 3rd Republican to quit the House this summer.
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A state legislator from Wetumpka is quitting the Alabama House before the end of his term.

   Republican Rep. Barry Mask says he is resigning at the end of this month.

   Mask is the new chief executive of the Alabama Association of Realtors, and he will concentrate on that job full time.

   Mask is the third Republican to quit the House this summer. He announced his departure in a statement Tuesday.

   Reps. Jim Barton of Mobile and Jay Love of Montgomery both resigned their House seats previously.

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House Committee Heads
7:02 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Hubbard Names Leaders For Some Ala. House Panels

House Speaker Mike Hubbard names leaders for some House panels ahead of next month's legislative session.
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Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn has appointed representatives to fill committee leadership vacancies prior to the Feb. 5 start of the 2013 regular session.

Republican Rep. Lynn Greer of Rogersville will replace Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw as chairman of the Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee. McCutcheon recently became chairman of the House Rules Committee, replacing former Rep. Blaine Galliher of Rainbow City. Galliher resigned his House seat to take a position on the governor's staff.

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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Wed December 12, 2012

2 Republicans Victorious in Ala. Special Elections

Two Republicans appear to be headed to the Alabama State House of Representatives following special elections.

Republican David Standridge, of Hayden, won district 34 on Tuesday with nearly 55 percent of the vote. His Republican opponent Chris Latta, of Oneonta, received 45 percent. Alabama Republican Party Executive Director Timothy James Maloney said there was no Democratic contender. The district covers most of Blount County and part of Jefferson County.

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House Rules Chairman
4:28 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

McCutcheon Named Ala. House Rules Committee Chair

Republican State Rep. Mac McCutcheon has been named chairman of the of the powerful Rules Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives.
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Republican State Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw has been named chairman of the powerful Rules Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn Thursday named McCutcheon to replace Republican Rep. Blaine Galliher of Gadsden as Rules Committee chairman. The Rules Committee sets the daily work agenda for the House.

Galliher resigned his House seat four months ago when Gov. Robert Bentley named him legislative director in the governor's administration.

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