Alabama Politics

  Chairman gives preview to study group on gambling policy

The chair of the Governor’s Study Group for Gambling Policy said he anticipates both open and closed-door meetings aimed at gathering the facts about gambling and gaming in the state.

  Nursing homes on track to have worker shortage

  Barry Moore touts record in congressional run

GOP attorneys general seek to block Equal Rights Amendment

New bill aims to overhaul current Alabama Open Records Law

  House-approved teacher benefits package could face challenge in Senate

  Animal rights activists not happy with Alabama Senate bill

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US House District 2 candidate Bob Rogers

Alabama lawmakers advance bill aimed at transgender athletes

  Ala. medical marijuana bill passes first hurdle in state legislature

Alabama House okays proposed teacher retirement change

  Dozens lobby at statehouse for criminal justice reform

  Jeff Coleman promises to be a ‘jobs creator’ if elected

Proposed medical marijuana bill would legalize treatment for PTSD; Decatur veteran says he’d try it

Senate Bill 165 would allow patients with PTSD and a host of other conditions to be eligible for medical marijuana.

  Proposals to end grocery tax expected this legislative session

A tax on food raises about $500 million for the education trust fund in Alabama.

Senator Doug Jones hosts town hall in Eufaula

“It’s their voices that I have in Washington. It’s not mine, it’s theirs and that those issues that are important to them, we need to hear about it."

  Law enforcement supports proposed mental health crisis centers

Reaves said law enforcement is in contact with people nearly every day who need mental health treatment.

  Draft bill proposes extended summer break for Alabama students

Forced vasectomy at 50? Alabama lawmaker reacts to pushback

Governor Ivey signs order forming study group for gambling policy

‘Born alive’ bill introduced again in Alabama House

  Payday lending restriction bill fails in Senate committee

Alabama man gains attention for ‘Vote Trump’ design in backyard

  ADOC responds to news of possible mega-prison site near Tallassee

The Alabama Department of Corrections is responding to news of a proposed site for a mega-prison near Tallassee.

  Ala. AG addresses deadly year for state’s law enforcement agencies

Seven law enforcement officers have been shot to death over the last 13 months.

Bill proposes increased fines for illegally altering confederate monuments, historical buildings

A House committee carried over a bill that would require cities or entities pay $10,000 fine each day for illegally altering or moving certain buildings including confederate monuments on public property.

  Lawmakers discuss bill to abolish state auditor’s office

State lawmakers talked about a bill Tuesday that would abolish the state auditor’s office.

  Ten Commandments monument returns to Montgomery

The large, granite Ten Commandments monument that brought a national spotlight to Alabama nearly two decades ago is coming back to the state's capital city.

Senate confirms Brasher to Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

The meteoric rise continues for Andrew Brasher, who was confirmed as a federal district court judge for the Middle District of Alabama just nine months ago.

State drone program to help ease traffic delays, protect officers

One goal is to limit traffic delays. ALEA also uses drones to survey hostage situations, natural disasters and crime scenes.

Alabama lawmakers to meet for second week of legislative session

Here’s what you could expect to be discussed in the statehouse.

Ala. lawmaker proposes ban on smoking in cars carrying minors

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation said a car traps tobacco smoke for long periods of time, even with the windows open.

Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg to be in Montgomery Saturday

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg will be in Montgomery Saturday.

Bill would allow colleges and universities to get debtors’ income tax refunds

The bill would allow the Alabama Department of Revenue to send a person’s state income tax refund to state institutions of higher education to pay outstanding debts.

  Lottery proposal expected this session, even with Gov. gaming work group

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Tuesday she would create a working group to gather all of the “facts” on gaming and gambling, before lawmakers passed a lottery.

  Bill to regulate future occupational taxes heads to House

The House could soon take up a bill that would require the legislature to vote on occupational taxes.

Gov. Ivey’s shoulder procedure went well

“The governor extends her appreciation to the people of Alabama for their continued support and prayers and looks forward to getting back to work on their behalf.”

  Ala. state finance director: budgets in best shape in years

The state finance director says the budgets are in good shape.

Alabama officials react to Trump impeachment acquittal

Reaction is coming in from Alabama political leaders after the U.S. Senate’s votes Wednesday to aquit President Donald Trump on two impeachment counts.

  Sen. Doug Jones to vote for President Trump’s conviction

Sen. Doug Jones, currently the only statewide elected Democrat in Alabama, confirmed he’ll vote to convict the president.

  Gov. Kay Ivey gives 2020 State of the State address

Tuesday evening, Gov. Kay Ivey issued the 2020 State of the State address in the State Capitol.

  LIVE: Gov. Ivey’s 2020 State of the State Address

Gov. Kay Ivey will issue her annual State of the State Address to the Alabama Legislature Tuesday evening.

Gambling discussions already underway as session begins

Tuesday marked the first day of the Alabama legislative session and gambling discussions are already underway.

President Trump invites Alabama man to State of the Union

The White House confirmed the guest list Tuesday morning, and among those invited is an Alabama man who now owns a successful government contracting business called SDAC.

  What to expect during 2020 Ala. Legislative Session

It's that time of the year again when state lawmakers will spend several months balancing the budgets and passing legislation.

SPLC names Margaret Huang new president, CEO

Huang, a Tennessee native, is currently the executive director of Amnesty International USA.

  Prison policy recommendations puts major focus on recidivism rates

ADOC defines recidivism as an inmate who returns to the prison system within three years of release from prison.

  AL lawmaker tries again to pass bill to ban smoking in cars with children

Representative Rolanda Hollis’ bill would ban adults smoking in cars who have children under 14 in there will them. It would impose an up to $100 fine if caught violating the law.

  Coalition concerned about overcrowding issues after decision to close Holman prison

Alabamians for Fair Justice sent an open-letter expressing concerns for the the Alabama Department of Corrections’s decision to close most of William. C. Holman Correctional facility.

Study group makes recommendations on Alabama’s prison system

Gov. Kay Ivey’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy has released its report on the state’s prison system and is making recommendations on how to address the challenges it faces.

  ADOC defends decision not to inform DOJ of Holman Prison closure

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jay E. Town, said the DOJ only learned of the decision to close Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore on Wednesday.

Gov. Ivey wearing sling after being tripped up by dog

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office says she’s in a sling after being tripped up by her dog, Missy.

  State leaders plan to address education, broadband, and prisons

Gov. Kay Ivey and state lawmakers gave a preview of the issues they might address when the legislative session begins Feb. 4.

  Gowdy to speak at Faulkner’s 2020 benefit dinner

Add former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy’s name to the list of politicians, journalists, athletes, coaches, comedians and astronauts who have accepted invitations

  Alabama lawmaker set to propose education lottery

“I think the general sentiment in the House, and I think the general sentiment around the state, is that it needs to be dedicated to education,” Rep. Steve Clouse said.

  Budget meeting reveals prisoners’ overall lack of preparedness for parole

Director of Bureau of Pardons and Paroles paints grim picture in legislative budget meeting.

  ADOC asks lawmakers for $42 million

The Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn presented his budget request to lawmakers Thursday.

  United States Conference of Mayors brings together bipartisan leaders in D.C.

City leaders from across the country will gather in Washington this week for the 88th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors.

New bill would require daycares to call if child doesn’t show up

State Rep. Wood introduced a bill to stop hot car related deaths.

  K-12 department wants $300 million more from lawmakers

State Department of Education officials asked state lawmakers for $300 million more during Wednesday's education budget hearing.

  'Aniah’s Law’ would reform Alabama’s bail schedule, lawmaker says

The legislation would allow judges to deny bond for all violent offenses. Currently, bond can only be denied in capital cases. But would it stand up to constitutional challenges?

  Candidate Profile: Former Auburn football coach running for U.S. Senate

Tommy Tuberville is known to most as Auburn University’s former football coach. Now he is making a run for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat.

  Alabama State Senator wants tougher penalties in stolen gun cases

A state legislator from Tuscaloosa wants stiffer penalties in cases involving stolen guns

Congressman Bradley Byrne pushing for Space Force base to be built in Huntsville

Space Force is still looking for a home. And many people think that Huntsville's existing mix of military and science make it the obvious choice.

  Candidate Profile: Businessman Stanley Adair seeks U.S. Senate seat

Stanley Adair is among seven Republicans trying to win over voters in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race. He is a businessman from Northwest Alabama.

Alabama Supreme Court won’t rehear Confederate monument case

The Alabama Supreme Court has declined to rehear an appeal by the City of Birmingham and its mayor on a case involving a century-old Confederate monument in one of its city parks.

Biden picks up endorsement from Rep. Terri Sewell

Joe Biden has secured a weighty Deep South endorsement for his presidential campaign.

  Candidate Profile: Congressman Bradley Byrne runs for US Senate

He has served as a state Senator and currently represents district one in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  Candidate Profile: Jeff Sessions wants his old job back as U.S. Senator

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is among the crowd of seven Republican candidates competing for his former U.S. Senate seat.

  Candidate Profile: Mooney running for US Senate to protect ‘American Values’

He is one of the seven republicans who will be on the ballot March 3rd in the primary.

  Candidate Profile: Judge Roy Moore making second Senate run

Judge Roy Moore is attempting to become Alabama’s next U.S. Senator after facing defeat in 2017.

  Senator to introduce bill that would deny bail for violent felonies

State Senator Cam Ward is drafting legislation to reform the state's bail schedule.

  Final prison study group meeting held; report to be released soon

The group will release a report filled with its policy recommendations to address the state’s prison crisis.

Ivey remains noncommittal on refugee settlements in Alabama

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is remaining uncommitted on whether Alabama will accept the resettlement of new refugees.

Wiregrass counties teaming up to keep representation and federal funds

The state is in danger of losing money and representation if Alabamians don’t complete the 2020 census.

  Ala. lawmakers look at another teacher pay raise

State lawmakers have discussed whether to approve a raise for teachers this year.

Alabama AG comes out against medical marijuana legislation

In a 4-page letter to state senators and representatives, Marshall laid out his reasons behind pushing back on legalization of the drug.

  Ala. leader reactions to Iranian Strike, President Trump’s speech

Alabama leaders are responding to Iranian ballistic missile strikes targeting bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

Final hearing set over control of Alabama Democratic Party

Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Tuesday scheduled the hearing for Jan. 30.

Alabama governor’s doctor considers her ‘cured’ of lung cancer

“Naturally, I want to thank the Good Lord for His abundant grace in my healing," Ivey said

  Rural health care a priority in 2020 Ala. legislative session

Ways to strengthen rural health care are expected to be discussed during the 2020 legislative session, which begins on Feb. 4.