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Moving Judges
5:16 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Bill Sets Up System To Move Alabama Judgeships

A new bill aims to set up a system to shift some Alabama judgeships to areas with heavy caseloads and backlogs in the court system.

The chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee is working on legislation to shift some Alabama judgeships to areas with heavy caseloads and backlogs in the court system.


Republican Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster said Friday he will offer his bill when the Legislature convenes Feb. 5. It would set up a system to shift judicial positions when a circuit judge retires in a county with a low caseload.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

AG Says Boost Penalty For Operating Gambling Machines

Alabama's attorney general will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines.


Luther Strange said Monday that he wants the penalty to go from a misdemeanor to a felony. He said the current penalty is a slap on the wrist compared to the large amounts of money that operators make.


Strange was in Hoover on Monday to talk to legislators about their upcoming regular session, which starts Feb. 5.

Elder Abuse
4:53 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Ala. Legislators Offer Bills To Curb Elder Abuse

Two bills proposed for upcoming legislative session aims to curb elder abuse.
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Two bills proposed for the legislative session starting Feb. 5 will provide additional criminal penalties for the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older citizens.


Two Republican legislators, Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster and Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood, announced the legislation Monday in Shelby County along with the state director of Senior Services, Neal Morrison. The legislation is recommended by the Alabama Interagency Council for Prevention of Elder Abuse and is backed by the governor.


The bills would apply to victims who are 60 or older.

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Prison Fingerprinting
3:48 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Alabama Prisons To Scan Fingerprints Of Visitors

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State prison officials say visitors to Alabama prisons will have their fingerprints scanned for security reasons.

The the policy begins this weekend.

Prison officials say the new system will improve security by making sure visitors are who they claim to be, and that the new system will also speed up the process of checking in.

Some are expressing concerns about the new system.

State Sen. Cam Ward, who chairs a joint legislative committee that oversees prisons, said he's troubled by the idea of fingerprinting people who have not broken laws.