Representative Patricia Todd

Payday Loans
4:38 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Alabama House Approves Payday Loan Database

The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to create a state database to enforce existing limits on payday loans.
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The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to create a state database to enforce existing limits on payday loans.

Representatives approved the bill on a 93-1 vote Thursday morning. It now moves to the Alabama Senate.

Birmingham Rep. Patricia Todd called the creation of the database a good first step in the regulation of the payday loan industry.

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Politics & Government
2:35 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Roy Moore Joins Fight Against Gay Marriage

Chief Justice Roy Moore
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Known for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in his state's judicial building, Alabama's chief justice is jumping into the national gay marriage debate. Roy Moore has sent letters to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing only unions between one man and one woman. Moore says the country's moral foundation is under attack, and a state-initiated convention under Article V of the Constitution is the only way to stop it. An Article V convention has never been held.

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Payday Loans
4:02 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Group Rallies To Limit Payday Loans In Alabama

Members of the Alliance for Responsible Lending gathered Tuesday to support bills from Democratic Rep. Rod Scott of Fairfield and Patricia Todd of Birmingham that limit interest to 36 percent.

About 50 people rallied on the Statehouse steps in Montgomery to show their support for legislation limiting interest rates on payday and title loans.

Members of the Alliance for Responsible Lending gathered Tuesday to support bills from Democratic Rep. Rod Scott of Fairfield and Patricia Todd of Birmingham that limit interest to 36 percent. The group backing the bills includes representatives of Alabama Appleseed, the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, the state NAACP, and AARP.

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Marijuana Derivative
10:41 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Derivative In Ala.

A bill planned for the upcoming session of the Alabama Legislature would legalize a substance derived from marijuana that is believed to help control seizures in children.
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A bill planned for the upcoming session of the Alabama Legislature would legalize a substance derived from marijuana that is believed to help control seizures in children.

Republican Rep. Mike Ball of Madison told al.com that he plans to sponsor the bill to allow parents of children with certain neurological and epileptic disorders to possess cannabidiol. He says it doesn't produce a high and has no street value.

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Legalizing Medical Marijuana
4:56 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Ala. House Panel Votes 'No' On Medical Marijuana

A House Panel has defeated a bill that would have legalized the sale of medical marijuana.
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An Alabama House committee has defeated a bill that would have legalized the sale of medical marijuana.


The committee voted 12-2 against the bill by Democratic Rep, Patricia Todd of Birmingham.

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Legalizing Medical Marijuana
5:11 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Ala. House To Consider Bill To Legalize Marijuana

The Alabama House will consider a bill to legalize marijuana when the legislative session begins Feb. 5.
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A bill has been pre-filed in the Alabama House that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.


The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham, says legalizing the drug for medical purposes would help cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and others suffering from severe pain. The bill has failed several times, but Todd says her spirits are buoyed because similar bills have recently passed In other states.

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