Alabama Legislature

Abortion
4:11 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Judge To Hold Trial On Alabama Abortion Law

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson says he will hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.
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A federal judge says he will hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday that the trial will address one issue: whether the law violates the due process rights of women seeking abortion. The judge set aside all other issues raised by the clinics that sued over the law and by the state officials named as defendants.

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Workforce Council
4:15 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Legislature Votes To Create Ala. Workforce Council

The Alabama Legislature has agreed to create a council of business executives to advise state leaders on workforce development issues.

The Alabama Legislature has agreed to create a council of business executives to advise state leaders on workforce development issues.

The Senate voted 28-1 Thursday to go along with changes the House made in a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Bussman of Cullman. The bill now goes to the governor for signing into law.

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Alabama Legislature
5:10 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

State Senate Works Despite Icy Weather

The Alabama Senate was able to get some work done today despite the icy conditions.
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The Alabama House was unable to meet Tuesday because many members couldn't make the icy trip to Montgomery. But the Senate got enough members to Montgomery to meet.

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School Visits-Legislators
4:03 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Alabama Legislators Visit Alabama Schools

More than two dozen Alabama legislators have taken state officials up on an invitation to visit schools in their districts and talk with students, teachers and school administrators.
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More than two dozen Alabama legislators have taken state officials up on an invitation to visit schools in their districts and talk with students, teachers and school administrators.

Legislators said they were impressed with the teachers and students they met during the visits Tuesday. But several legislators said they were disappointed to find overcrowded classrooms and not enough money for supplies.

Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery says he's disappointed teachers have to spend so much time filling out paperwork when they could be teaching students.

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Obit-Alabama Lawmaker
4:39 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Longtime Ala. Lawmaker, Civil Rights Leader Dies

Longtime Alabama lawmaker and civil rights leader. Demetrius Newton, has died.
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Demetrius Newton, a civil rights attorney who represented icons like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. before becoming the first black person to serve as speaker pro tem of the Alabama House, has died. He was 85.

Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham, a longtime friend of Newton, says he was notified by the lawmaker's family that Newton died Wednesday morning.

Newton was former city attorney for Birmingham and had served in the Legislature since 1986.

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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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2013 Legislative Session
6:31 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Alabama Legislature on Spring Break

Alabama lawmakers will return to Montgomery April 2 for the second half of the regular Legislative session.
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The Alabama Legislature has wrapped up the first half of its 2013 session and gone on spring break.

Wednesday marked the 15th meeting day of the session. Lawmakers left the capital city Wednesday evening and will return April 2 for their final 15 meeting days.

The issues remaining for the second half of the session include the state education budget and the General Fund budget.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Law Enforcement Consolidation bill
6:36 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Alabama Legislature Votes for Massive Law Enforcement Consolidation

The Alabama Legislature is starting a massive reorganization of Alabama's law enforcement programs that proponents predict will save millions.

The Senate voted 17-2 Tuesday night to grant final approval to a law enforcement reorganization bill developed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, and Republican Gov. Robert Bentley. The bill now goes to the governor for signing into law.

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2013 Legislative Session
7:27 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Ala. House Approves School Flexibility Legislation

The Alabama House has approved legislation that supporters say will give local school districts the authority to make changes in rules and regulations to improve education in Alabama public schools.

The House voted 65-37 mostly along party lines to pass the legislation called the Local Control Flexibility Act. The Republican majority in the House supported the bill and said it would allow local schools to in some cases change rules and regulations that school officials feel are getting in the way of quality education.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:26 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Ala. Lawmaker Wants to Eliminate Some Runoffs

Alabama Rep. Mike Ball.
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A north Alabama lawmaker is suggesting possible legislation that he said would streamline the state's election process by eliminating some party primary runoffs.

Republican state Rep. Mike Ball of Madison told the Florence Times-Daily the primary runoffs are costly. He said sometimes in special elections the runoff could cause a district to go through most of a legislative session without representation.

Ball said he's researching the idea and hopes to file a bill by the end of March to discontinue most primary runoffs.

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Obit-Hinton Mitchem
4:59 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Longtime Ala. Democratic Sen. Hinton Mitchem Dies

Longtime Alabama Democratic Senator Hinton Mitchem has died.
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One of Alabama's longest serving legislators, former Democratic state Senate President Pro Tem Hinton Mitchem of Union Grove, has died. He was 74.

Direct Communications President Rick Heartsill, a friend of Mitchem, says the former senator died Tuesday after a long illness.

Mitchem was a longtime tractor dealer in Albertville. He was first elected to the Albertville City Council in 1968 and then to the state House of Representatives in 1974. After serving four years in the House, he was elected to the Senate in 1978 and in 1982.

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School Shootings
4:54 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ala. Leaders Strategize School Shooting Prevention

Alabama legislative leaders strategize to prevent incidents like the Connecticut elementary school shooting.
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Participants in a Statehouse summit meeting have agreed that preventing and reacting to incidents like the Connecticut elementary school shooting will be the top priority for the Alabama Legislature in the regular session that begins Feb. 5.

That was the consensus among speakers Wednesday at a meeting of lawmakers, law enforcement officers and educators at the Alabama Statehouse.

The meeting was called by House and Senate leaders to discuss the issue following the shooting last month that killed 26 at a Connecticut elementary school.

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Agriculture Consulting
5:07 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

State officials To Rework Consulting Contract

Alabama's Agriculture Department is reworking a consulting contract.
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Alabama's agriculture department is reworking a proposed $288,000 consulting contract. Agriculture officials on Thursday pulled the item from the agenda of the Legislative Contract Review Committee. Commissioner John McMillan said he wanted to rework the contract's terms and expand its description. The committee's agenda had included a two-year, $288,000 deal with lobbyist and former state Rep. Noopie Cosby Jr. The contract requires him to create significant agriculture product exporting and rural development programs, among other duties, for McMillan.

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Party Switch
4:37 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Alabama Sen. Jerry Fielding Switches To GOP

Democratic State Senator Jerry Fielding officially announces party switch.
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Another Democrat in the Alabama Legislature has switched to the Republican Party. Sen. Jerry Fielding of Talladega County announced Thursday that he's joining the Republican Party. His switch gives the Senate 23 Republicans, 11 Democrats and one independent. The Republican Party has been picking up party switchers since it took control of the Legislature in the November 2010 election. Four Democratic representatives switched shortly after the election: Steve Hurst of Munford, Alan Boothe of Troy, Lesley Vance of Phenix City, and Mike Millican of Hamilton.

School Start Date
4:39 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bill Would Make Changes To School Start Date Law

A new bill being introduced in the Ala. legislature would make changes to the school start date law.

Two state legislators say they will introduce a bill in the Legislature that allows local school boards to set start and stop dates for the school year in their systems.

The bill by Republican Sen. Bill Holtzclaw of Madison and GOP Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood is being pre-filed this week. It would change a law passed by lawmakers this year that requires the first day of school be no earlier than the Monday two weeks before Labor Day and the last day be no later than the Friday before Memorial Day.

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