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.
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.
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.