Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature is getting close to make it legal to brew beer and wine at home.
The Senate Job Creation and Economic Development Committee voted 3-1 Tuesday for a bill allowing adults to make 15 gallons every three months. The bill by Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw cleared the House in 44-33 last month. All it needs now is a vote in the Senate and signing by the governor.
Montgomery, AL – An Alabama Senate Committee has passed a General Fund budget that depends on voters approving the transfer of money from an oil and gas revenue savings account and from education funds to pay for the state's Medicaid program.
The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee voted 7-0 for a $1.4 billion budget that would require voters to approve a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 general election. The amendment would partly fund the cash-strapped Medicaid Agency by transferring $184 million from the oil and gas account and from education funds.
Montgomery, AL – Newly hired public employees would pay less of their pay toward pension benefits and get smaller retirement checks than current public workers under a bill up for final passage in the Alabama House.
The House is expected to consider the bill shortly after coming into session Tuesday that would set up a new pension plan for newly hired public workers.
The bill has already passed the Senate and could go to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley if it passes the House,
Montgomery, AL – After years of talking about modernizing Alabama's 111-year-old Constitution, the Legislature is going to let voters decide in November if they want to revise the portions regulating corporations and banks.
Republican Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood worked for six years to get the two articles approved by the entire Legislature. He finally succeeded this week. The next step is a statewide referendum on the general election ballot Nov. 6.
New Orleans, LA – A federal judge in New Orleans has preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Wednesday allows the settlement process to proceed, but he will hold a ``fairness hearing'' later this year before deciding whether to give his final approval.