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  North Alabama lawmaker proposes bill to legalize medical marijuana

As the 2019 Alabama legislative session resumes, Madison Representative Mike Ball has filed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. Ball is the same representative that sponsored two bills nearly 5 years ago that became Carly’s Law and Leni’s Law.

  Alabama Senate votes to repeal Common Core standards

Senate approves bill to allow donations to border wall fund

  Bill to repeal Common Core standards passes committee

Bill would allow taxpayers to donate a portion of their refund to the border wall

  Alabama state senator proposes ‘clean’ lottery bill

Warren in Alabama to wrap up 3-state Southern swing

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AL state senator to propose lottery Tuesday

  New campaign launched to combat student debt

  Electric vehicle owners soon will pay fee for infrastructure, charging stations

Sex offender ruling could mean less information for police

  Alabama AG joins White House briefing on cross-border drug trafficking

  Will the gas tax go strictly toward infrastructure?

  With Ivey’s signature, AL raises fuel taxes for first time since 1990s

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation Tuesday afternoon that will raise the state’s fuel tax rate for the first time since the early 1990s.

  Senate committee passes gas tax; it heads to Senate floor

Gov. Kay Ivey’s infrastructure plan has jumped another hurdle in the state legislature.

State Supreme Court to review Hubbard conviction

State Supreme Court to review Hubbard conviction

Gas tax proposal continues on legislative fast track

Gas tax proposal continues on legislative fast track

Alabama House approves gas tax increase

  Committee passes 10-cent gas tax increase and heads to House for debate

Gas tax increase clears first hurdle in Alabama House

  Special session for possible gas tax increase begins

  Gov. Ivey calls special session focused on gas tax

  Gov. Ivey discusses education, infrastructure, and budget proposals in address

  Ivey requests immediate assistance from FEMA

Ivey said she had a phone call with President Trump Monday morning, asking him for support in her request for immediate assistance.

  Lawmaker hopes bill will encourage retired officers to become SROs

One lawmaker said his bill can help put more retired officers with decades of experience into schools.

  Report: Infrastructure neglect endangering safety of Alabamians

Gov. Kay Ivey held a press conference with supporters of her Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan Friday and unveiled a new report from the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.

  Bill would require human trafficking training for AL law enforcement

“Often times there are men, women and children that someone may have felt they were prostitutes when actually those are human trafficking victims," said bill sponsor Merika Coleman.

  AL governor calls for 10-cent gas tax increase

The location for the governor's introduction of the Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan was not chosen at random.

  Teacher pay raise back on table in upcoming legislative session

Alabama is ranked 35th in the nation for teacher pay, according to most recent data from the Alabama Education Association.

  State lawmakers weigh in on gas tax discussion

Monday, Democratic lawmakers discussed those issues and more in a special legislative town hall and listening tour meeting at Alabama State University.

Gov. Kay Ivey set to announce infrastructure plan

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will announce a gas tax proposal this week as infrastructure improvement takes center stage in this year's legislative session

  Ivey joins nation’s governors for conference in D.C.

Gov. Kay Ivey had this response to a reporter’s question Friday morning about how Washington can help Alabama with its budding automotive and aerospace industry...

Former Alabama legislative leader arrested

A former Alabama Senate leader has been charged with felony theft

  Former Vice President Al Gore visits White Hall in Lowndes County

It was a chance for residents to share stories of poverty, racism and ecological devastation such as untreated wastewater.

  Lawmakers tour two-year college for inmates

There are hundreds of inmates in Alabama state prisons learning the trades like welding and plumbing and state lawmakers toured Ingram State Technical College for inmates Thursday.

Poll shows AL voters split on idea of gas tax increase

Alabama’s gas tax rate hasn’t changed since 1992, but there's a new push to increase the rate to fix roads and bridges.

GOP’s Byrne to challenge Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama in 2020

Alabama US Rep. Bradley Byrne to challenge Sen. Doug Jones in 2020 as GOP tries to reclaim Jeff Sessions' former seat

  Alabama could see 12 cent gas tax increase, cities group says

Greg Cochran with the League of Municipalities said Tuesday there was an agreement between the governor, counties and cities to increase the state gas tax by 12 cents, on top of current gas tax. Lawmakers would need to approve it.

  State representative holds town hall meeting in Dallas County

Residents from Dallas and Perry counties attended a special town hall meeting hosted by Alabama State Rep. Prince Chestnut ahead of the legislative session.

  Mixed reaction from AL lawmakers over Ivey’s prison plan

There is controversy around whether to close prisons, and then there's the price tag of new ones.

  Henry County leaders pushing for gas tax increase

As we move closer to state lawmakers returning to Montgomery, we’re hearing more vocal pushes from leaders across the state about a gas tax increase.

  Alabama Democratic Party ordered to hold new election for chair, vice chair

The Democratic National Committee has ordered the Alabama Democratic Party to hold a new election for its chairman and vice chairman positions in the next 90 days.

Bill would scrap AL concealed carry permit requirement

State Senator Gerald Allen says Alabamians have a Constitutional right to carry without having to register with their local sheriff’s office.

  AL rides new web sales tax to tune of $12M

Alabama received $12 million more in online sales tax revenue in 2018 compared to 2017 during November and December, according to to the Alabama Retail Association.

Alabama Secretary Merrill testifies on election security as 2020 ramps up

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to figure out what can be done to prevent widespread election hacking. They’re bringing in folks from around the country to examine election security.

State officials search for ways to stop robocalls

Fed up with a lack of meaningful results, 39 Attorneys General across the country are working to reduce the volume of robocalls to cell phone customers.

  Hospital association releases reports, says Medicaid expansion will help save rural hospitals

The Crenshaw Community Hospital is in rural Alabama. The health care facility hopes every month it can at least break even.

Proposed bill would make phone ‘spoofing’ a felony in Alabama

If you've ever gotten a familiar name or number on your caller I.D., only for the caller to be a totally different person trying to sell you a car warranty, a bill in the Alabama legislature would make that a felony.

  Ethics commission closes cases against DA, 3 MPD officials

The Alabama Ethics Commission considered independent complaints against a local district attorney and three ranking officers with the Montgomery Police Department.

Rep. Sewell set to chair House Intelligence Subcommittee

Alabama's only Democratic representative in Congress is taking on more duties.

Alabama leaders react to President Trump’s second State of the Union

Here's some of the reaction to Tuesday night's address.

  Two proposed bills could ban holding phone while driving

Currently, Alabama has a no texting and driving law, but it doesn’t stop people from touching their phones or using the GPS.

Alabama senator says FBI investment could reach $1 billion

Alabama's senior senator says the FBI's investment in the northern part of the state could reach $1 billion

  Legislative session preview: lawmaker encouraged by budget; no gas tax bill filed yet

State lawmakers are gearing up for the legislative session in 32 days, and we are following what they want to accomplish.

Alabama’s Medicaid agency says it needs less money

The head of Alabama's Medicaid agency says it will need less money for the coming year

DNC sets hearings on Alabama Democratic Party

The Democratic National Committee next month will take up challenges to the election of Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley

  Education leaders ask lawmakers to invest in school safety, classroom supplies, Pre-K

State education leaders asked lawmakers to invest into education at budget hearings Tuesday afternoon.

  State auditor suggests plan to fund infrastructure, some skeptical

State leaders have said they are making infrastructure a top priority this session and are considering a gas tax increase.

  Alabama lawmakers react to shutdown temporarily ending

Alabama’s congressional delegation reacted to the short-term deal to reopen the government.

  Small farmers face obstacle delivering fresh produce to schools

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is encouraging small farmers to sell their local produce to Alabama schools.

  After decades, midwifery board issues licenses to midwives

After more than four decades, five Alabama midwives received licenses Friday to practice as a midwife. This can give some expecting mothers more options when delivering.

  New Lt. Governor says he wants to be the ‘most active’ in state’s history

Ainsworth said his first goal is to understand the main projects each Senator is working on in their district.

  Former congressman Artur Davis announces run for Montgomery mayor

Former Congressman Artur Davis has officially announced he will be entering the race for Montgomery mayor.

Lawmaker seeks to separate MLK, Robert E. Lee holidays

Lawmaker seeks to separate MLK, Robert E. Lee holidays

  Lawmakers anticipate pivotal year for state prisons

Significant changes are on the horizon for Alabama's embattled prison system.

  3 regional megaprisons back on table for state leaders

State leaders are considering whether to consolidate Alabama’s male prisons into three regional megaprisons.

Alabama jobless rate dips to 3.9 percent

Alabama's unemployment rate is down slightly

  AL lawmaker introduces bill to prohibit holding phone while driving

One Alabama lawmaker is trying to make it illegal to hold your phone while driving.

Parker appoints Hobson as state court system administrator

Alabama Chief Justice Tom Parker has appointed Rich Hobson as the administrative director of courts

  Settlement money could go toward new buses, electric charging stations

The state will divvy up the $25.5 million Alabama received in a 2017 federal settlement against Volkswagen for intentionally violating emissions standards.

  Judge tosses Alabama law protecting Confederate monuments

Judge Michael Graffeo ruled late Monday that the 2017 law violates the free speech rights of local communities.

  Gov. Ivey looks at top priorities for her tenure

On a chilly morning Gov. Kay Ivey took to the stand and shared what she looks forward to see accomplished as governor.

  Ivey’s path to power inspires teens across the state

For many, Monday's inauguration festivities brought all the pomp and circumstance we've come to expect every four years. For others, it’s a moment they may never forget.

  Kay Ivey’s inaugural address looks to the past, on to the future

Now, Ivey holds the office outright having won it handily against her challenger in the latest state elections.

Photos of Inauguration Day through the years

Take a stroll through history and look at these photos from Inauguration Days past.

New, returning executive officers in Alabama

Alabama will see new and returning constitutional officers on Inauguration Day Monday.

  Ivey’s inauguration festivities begin this weekend

There are inauguration festivities leading up to Gov. Kay Ivey’s inauguration ceremony Monday.

  Businesses find skilled workers through apprenticeship program

Some businesses have trouble finding skilled workers in the state, but an Alabama apprenticeship programs is helping fill that gap.

  Bill drafted to limit parole board’s discretion on violent inmates

The governor’s moratorium restricting early parole consideration for violent inmates has been lifted.

  Democrats, Republicans list some priorities for March session

Lawmakers will head to the statehouse in less than two months and they are talking about their priorities.

Lawmaker looks to check AHSAA authority after basketball player controversy

The AHSAA is holding firm to its decision not to reinstate a star basketball player so a state lawmaker is increasing the pressure.