Alabama Politics

  Bill banning vaccine passports moves to Alabama House

The legislation would put restrictions on both state and local government, as well as businesses, in regards to vaccination requirements.

  Alabama House passes bill for drive-thru alcohol sales

  Gambling proposal bills have been assigned to committees

  Ivey reacts as bank backs out of mega-prison plan

Alabama prosecutors want inmate stimulus checks to go to crime victims

Bill would ban state enforcement of federal gun laws

  Alabama Senate advances bill on transgender girls in sports

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Aniah’s Law passes in Legislature, will go on statewide ballot

Gov. Kay Ivey announces public-private partnership to benefit the State Parks System

ABC Board preparing to enforce new alcohol delivery legislation

Proposal in Alabama to up protection for Confederate statues

  Medical marijuana clears another hurdle to becoming legal in Alabama

  Sid Thompson, political pioneer for Prattville, Autauga County has died

  Alabama Senate passes lottery, gaming legislation

Alabama state senators passed a constitutional amendment, along with three companion bills, to allow a lottery to be created in the state and allow for casino-style gambling.

  Alabama House ‘divided’ over bill to ban treatments for transgender minors

The bill passed the Senate earlier this session and now faces the Alabama House.

  Casino, lottery bill up for Senate debate

State senators on Tuesday are expected to debate lottery and casino legislation.

  Ivey signs Alabama alcohol delivery bill into law

Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law a recently passed bill that allowed for alcohol deliveries directly to people’s homes.

Probe sought into Secretary Merrill’s alleged misuse of state resources

  Gov. Ivey: Gambling is running ‘rampant’ in Alabama

Some state lawmakers are working to block vaccine passports, others support passports

  Lifetime pistol permit one signature away from becoming law

Merrill denies allegation he used racist language

  HB90 up, advocates hope distracted driving bill passes this session

Ivey reacts to Merrill decision not to run for office in 2022

Gov. Kay Ivey is reacting to news that Secretary of State John Merrill has abruptly ended all efforts to seek elected office in 2022.

  Alabama Senate delays lottery vote amid divisions

A divided Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on lottery legislation.

  Alabama secretary of state reportedly admits affair, won’t run for office in 2022

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Wednesday he will not seek any elected office in 2022.

  Alabama medical marijuana bill passes another legislative hurdle

The House judiciary committee approved the bill.

Bill to allow yoga in Alabama K-12 schools passes Senate committee

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill allowing K-12 schools to have yoga as an elective class.

Mo Brooks receives Senate endorsement from former President Donald Trump

Congressman Mo Brooks received a major endorsement on Wednesday morning.

  Alcohol delivery bill heads to Gov. Ivey

The bill allows beer, wine and spirits to be shipped directly to consumers.

  Committee passes bill requiring school districts create open enrollment policies

The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Lottery vote could come this week in Alabama Legislature

Alabama senators could vote on a lottery bill this week.

  Controversy over proposed changes to real estate commission

Black Realtors in Alabama have been working to draw attention to what they is a problematic bill in the state legislature.

  ADOC plans to spend $1.5M on marketing firm

The Alabama Department of Corrections plans to contract out with a marketing firm for $1.5 million to help manage the many challenges it faces.

Committee advanced repeal of habitual offender law

A divided legislative committee has advanced a bill to repeal Alabama’s habitual offender law that mandates longer sentences for repeat offenders.

  Bill allowing yoga in Alabama public schools stalls in committee

The bill would reverse the current ban on yoga in K-12 public schools.

  Ala. bill to improve public records access passes committee

A Senate judiciary committee passed a bill that is designed to improve public records law in Alabama.

  Families, protesters line up outside Statehouse against transgender bills

Protestors stood outside the Statehouse speaking out against bills they say would limit rights for transgender minors.

Ivey: Biden request will not change mask mandate end

A spokeswoman for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says the state’s mask mandate will end April 9 despite the president’s request for states to reinstate them.

  Alabama legislature takes up bill to identify and designate safer places during severe weather

If passed, Senate Bill 43 will require state emergency management agencies and county commissions to develop uniform guidelines for safer places, so people will have more options when seeking shelter during severe weather.

Rep. Terri Sewell decides against Alabama Senate seat run

“I am humbled by the overwhelming requests I have received to run for Senator Shelby’s seat in 2022," Sewell said.

Congressman Mo Brooks announces his run for Senate; Protestors rally against it

Congressman Mo Brooks is jumping into the Senate race to replace retiring Senator Richard Shelby. The congressman made this announcement at a rally in Huntsville on Monday at Bullet and Barrel Indoor Shooting Range and Training Facility.

Rep. Mo Brooks announces run for U.S. Senate

All signs seem to point toward Brooks making a run at the U.S. Senate.

Alabama reviewing Medicaid expansion incentives

Alabama Republicans might be cracking the door to Medicaid expansion.

Alabama House approves ‘born alive’ abortion bill

The Alabama House of Representatives has approve a bill that criminalize doctors who do not provide care to babies still living after an abortion attempt.

  Alabama House approves curbside voting ban

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a ban on curbside voting.

  Alabama protest bill approved over objections

Alabama lawmakers have approved a bill to stiffen penalties for participating in riots and traffic-blocking demonstrations.

  Alabama House approves bill to ban transgender athletes

Alabama could become the next conservative state to prevent transgender girls from playing on female sports teams.

Ala Attorney General joins 20 states in filing suit to block Biden’s plan to revoke Keystone XL Pipeline permit

The multistate lawsuit led by Montana and Texas was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

  Committee advances lottery bill, keeps casino issue alive

An Alabama Senate committee has advanced a lottery bill as lawmakers try to get the issue of gambling before state voters for the first time since 1999.

House passes bill criminalizing voting in Alabama, another state in same election

The Alabama House passed a bill that would make it illegal to vote in Alabama and another state in the same election.

  Democrats again call for Alabama Medicaid expansion

Alabama Senate Democrats said the federal stimulus bill signed by President Joe Biden provides a “second chance” for additional money to expand the program.

Lottery bills head to committee on Wednesday

An Alabama Senate committee will review dueling lottery proposals this week.

  Ivey reflects on 1-year mark of COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the statewide mask mandate will end after April 9th. WSFA asked what move the governor would make if coronavirus cases climbed.

  Alabama Senate debates bill to add lawmaker input during public health emergencies

Alabama senators debated a bill to limit some of the governor’s power during a public health emergency.

Rep. Will Dismukes taken from Alabama State House on stretcher

Alabama state lawmaker Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Prattville, was taken from the Alabama State House on a stretcher Thursday afternoon.

  New Alabama lottery bill proposed

Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, filed the new proposal Tuesday.

Medical marijuana bill gets public hearing in Alabama House

The House Judiciary Committee is holding a public hearing on the Senate-passed bill on Wednesday afternoon.

Public hearing for proposed treatment ban for trans kids

Alabama is one of at least eight states where conservative lawmakers are pushing such measures, arguing such decisions should wait until adulthood.

  Alabama Senate votes down gambling, lottery bill

The Alabama Senate has voted down a constitutional amendment to legalize gambling in Alabama.

  Committee slows controversial bill increasing penalties for rioters

Protesters lined up outside the Alabama State House to speak out against the bill. Several also spoke out during the bill’s public hearing.

  Bill would allow Alabama businesses to stay open during pandemic

Under the bill, businesses could stay open if they follow all safety precautions issued by the governor or local governments during an epidemic or pandemic.

  Lawsuit filed against Alabama Sen. Del Marsh over gambling bill

A lawsuit was filed Monday against Alabama Sen. Del Marsh.

Special election called to fill Hatcher’s vacated House seat

A special election date has been set to fill Alabama’s House District 78 seat, recently left vacant by Kirk Hatcher after he was elected to the state Senate.

Lawmaker introduces ‘Fair Pay to Play’ bill

The bill, known as “Fair Pay to Play,” allows student athletes to profit off their names images or likeness and prohibit athletic associations from revoking a student’s athletes scholarship if they decide to do so.

Both Alabama Senators Tuberville, Shelby vote against COVID relief bill

As Senate passed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill Saturday morning, Alabama Senators Tommy Tuberville and Richard Shelby are explaining why they voted against it.

  Bill to limit local government vaccine mandates approved by Senate committee

The Senate health committee passed a bill Wednesday that would stop local governments from requiring residents take a vaccine.

  Alabama Senate expected to take up casino, lottery proposal Tuesday

Alabama lawmakers are still working on a bill that would create a lottery and expand gambling.

  Confederate monument bill fails in House committee

The House Judiciary committee shot down a bill that could make it easier for local governments to have confederate monuments removed.

Alabama Senate passes broadband expansion bill

The Alabama Senate passed a bill intended to help broadband expansion in the state.

  House committee advances ban on curbside voting

A legislative committee has advanced a bill to forbid curbside voting in Alabama.

  Hatcher wins Alabama Senate District 26 race

Kirk Hatcher won the special election for Alabama’s District 26 Senate seat.

  Alabama Senate passes bill banning transgender treatments for minors

Senate Bill 10, called the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, passed 23-4 Tuesday afternoon. It now goes to the House.

  Wahl elected chairman of Alabama Republican Party

John Wahl has been elected as the new chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.

  Alabama House to debate bill overseeing executive branch contracts

The bill would provide the legislature with more oversight on executive branch contracts, leases, and agreements exceeding $10 million.

  Black leadership continues to rise, impact American politics

Whether it’s electing Montgomery’s first black mayor or America’s first female vice president, there is a movement of black political leadership happening across America.

Alabama lieutenant governor to skip Senate race in 2022

Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth says he won’t run for the U.S. Senate seat being given up by longtime incumbent Richard Shelby next year.

  ‘You’ll be surprised’ by medical marijuana bill’s support, lawmaker says

The bill would allow people with qualifying medical conditions to receive a medical cannabis card authorizing them to use medical marijuana.

  Alabama lawmakers debate distracted driving bill

Some Alabama lawmakers say using cellphones while driving is too dangerous.

Lawmaker seeks harsher penalties for riots, defunding police

An Alabama lawmaker is proposing tougher penalties for rioters.

  Alabama House debates bill to allow no-excuse absentee voting

An Alabama House committee debated a bill that would allow you to vote absentee without having to provide an excuse.