Alabama Legislature

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.
http://www.legislature.state.al.us/senate

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.

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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Redistricting Lawsuit
5:06 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Blacks In Ala. Legislature File Redistricting Suit

Side-by Side Comparison of previous districts and Sen. Dial's redistricting plan.
Alabama Reapportionment Office State of Alabama

The Alabama Legislature's black caucus has filed a lawsuit against the plan passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate to redraw lawmakers' districts.

The Legislature's 33 black members claim the redistricting plan approved by lawmakers earlier this year is racial gerrymandering and reduces the voting influence of blacks by packing black residents into as few districts as possible. The lawsuit was filed Friday morning in federal district court in Montgomery.

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