Alabama Politics

Justice Department defends Alabama absentee ballot rule

Sessions, running for Senate, rejects Trump’s criticism

  $250 million from CARES Act to help local governments

  Increases for mental health, pre-K in signed budgets amid pandemic

  Legislature accepts Ivey’s amendment on use of $1.8B in COVID-19 funds

Ivey administration inches forward on plan to lease prisons

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  Economist: Slow recovery expected as the country desires ‘new economy’

Gov. Ivey proposes plan for how lawmakers should use CARES Act money

Marsh’s office: COVID-19 money won’t be used for Statehouse

  Using COVID-19 money for new State House should still be discussed, Ala. lawmaker says

Rep. April Weaver resigns to join Trump administration

  Coronavirus task force members have different views on reopening

'Largest’ education budget in state’s history moves to governor’s desk

State lawmakers passed the $7.2 billion Education Trust Fund budget Saturday afternoon.

Montgomery property tax referendum moves to governor’s desk

The bill would increase the ad valorem tax on all taxable property in Montgomery County except the town limits of Pike Road.

  Alabama loosening restrictions, more businesses allowed to reopen

Gov. Kay Ivey, in a news conference with State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, announced Friday morning she is updating her safer-at-home order related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ala. House passes education budget, now heads to Senate

The Alabama House passed the state’s education budget Thursday afternoon.

  House passes Montgomery County property tax referendum

  Ivey cedes control of nearly $2B CARES Act fund to legislature with a warning

  House Democrats talk about COVID-19 health care impact

  Lawmakers to only take up local bills, budgets; here’s what got cut

House expected to take up Montgomery County property tax referendum Thursday

  State superintendent talks school assessments during Ala. Democrats’ virtual hearing

  Ala. Senate passes $2.38 billion general fund budget

The Alabama Senate passed the $2.38 billion general fund budget Tuesday.

  About 60 protesters 'demand’ reopening all businesses

This is the third protest in Montgomery from those who want the state to reopen immediately.

Representative plans to block Montgomery County property tax referendum

An Alabama House committee passed a bill Tuesday morning that seeks to increase Montgomery County property taxes to benefit Montgomery Public Schools.

  An inside look into Alabama’s Unified Command for COVID-19 Response team

Located in the RSA Tower in downtown Montgomery, Alabama’s Unified Command for COVID-19 Response is a team comprised of four state agencies.

  Nearly all Ala. House Democrats don’t show up to session for health, budget concerns

Rep. Rod Scott, D-Fairfield, was the only Democrat out of the 28 Democratic lawmakers who attended.

  Bill seeks property tax increase to benefit Montgomery Public Schools

A bill that would increase property taxes in Montgomery County could be presented to an Alabama House committee as early as Tuesday.

  Restaurant owner: It’s ‘disappointing’ not to be included in ‘Safer at Home’ order

Some businesses had their hopes set high on reopening once the governor’s ‘stay at home’ order expired April 30th at 5 p.m.

  Alabama’s ‘safer at home’ order goes into effect

Alabama’s “safer at home” order went into effect at 5 p.m. Thursday.

House minority leader: Irresponsible to pass budgets now

Alabama legislative leaders plan to resume the session on May 4. They said the priority will be passing the two state budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

  Retail businesses prepare to reopen Thursday

As businesses prepare, a top priority for businesses includes proper sanitation practices. The order requires these businesses frequently wipe down surfaces.

Republican Senate leader seeks COVID-19 money for broadband

The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate on Tuesday said he would like to use a large portion of the state’s coronavirus relief funds to establish broadband through the state.

  Alabama economy to reopen in phases starting Thursday at 5 p.m.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she will allow for the reopening of the state’s economy through a phased-in approach.

  Some Ala. Republicans at odds with the stay at home order

Some Republican state lawmakers have spoken out against the current stay at home order.

  Food benefits for some Ala. school children approved by federal government

An estimated 407,395 Alabama school children will have access to meals that normally would have been provided at school.

  Ala. legislative session scheduled to resume on May 4

Lawmakers will not meet for the legislative session next week, House and Senate leaders announced Thursday. Instead, the session is scheduled to begin May 4.

  Ala. delegation sends in recommendations on when to reopen state’s economy

Alabama’s congressional delegation was tasked by Gov. Kay Ivey to send in recommendations individually on when and how to reopen the state’s economy.

  Pandemic shutdown forces commission to cut budgets, freeze hiring

The economic fallout from the coronavirus shutdown continues to unfold.

  AG Marshall: Stay at home order doesn’t require victims to stay in violent situations

The Alabama Attorney General said in a press conference Monday that victims of violence can reach out for help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Ivey: 28,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans issued in Alabama

The program, which ran out of money Thursday, provided loans at ultra-low interest rates to businesses with fewer than 500 employees to incentivize them to keep staff on payroll or rehire workers who have already been laid off as a result of the virus outbreak.

  Groups urge Ivey to look at Medicaid expansion amidst COVID-19

There is a renewed push for Medicaid expansion from more than 60 groups amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Alabama could tax some coronavirus stimulus checks

Americans are looking forward to their coronavirus stimulus payments as thousands of people struggle to pay their bills.

  Coronavirus crippling parts of Alabama’s health care system

Thousands of Alabama health care workers are losing their jobs or being furloughed because health care facilities are not allowed to provide elective procedures.

  Alabama Supreme Court upholds 6 of Mike Hubbard’s convictions, reverses 5

The ruling comes nearly four years after a jury convicted Hubbard on multiple ethics violations.

  Unemployment benefits to go up $600 weekly for some

Under the Act, anyone receiving unemployment compensation benefits is eligible for the additional $600 a week stimulus payment called the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit, according to ADOL.

  155% increase in Ala. food assistance applications between February and March

Last week the department had 15,261 internet applications for SNAP benefits. The week prior they had 9,170.

  Preliminary numbers: 98K unemployment claims filed in one week

Alabama Department of Labor preliminary numbers show about 98,000 unemployment claims were filed between March 29 to April 4.

Deadline extended to submit proposals to Alabama Prison Program

The deadline to submit proposals for Alabama prison infrastructure improvement has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Ala. schools find creative ways for students to learn from home

Davis said some students will receive paper packets if they don’t have internet. Some districts like Pike Road School District are providing internet hotspots for families who do not have access.

Trump campaign calls Sessions ‘delusional’ in letter

President Donald Trump’s campaign has sent a letter demanding his former attorney general Jeff Sessions stop tying himself to Trump in campaign materials.

  Gov. Kay Ivey: Census 2020 now more important than ever

Ivey says if Alabama’s count falls shy of the 72 percent participation rate recorded in the 2010 Census, the state would likely experience reduced representation in Congress, the loss of millions of dollars in Census-derived community funding, and reduced economic development opportunities.

  Lawmakers meet for session with gloves and masks during COVID-19 outbreak

The Senate and House chambers were quieter than usual Tuesday afternoon during session with only some state lawmakers filling the seats.

  House lawmakers leave chamber empty amid COVID-19 pandemic

In a rare moment the House floor stood nearly empty as Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon gaveled in the chamber Thursday morning.

  Rural hospitals see layoffs after ban on elective procedures

Some Alabama rural hospitals laid off workers after the statewide health order prohibited elective procedures.

  State’s system overwhelmed as number of unemployment claims surge

The influx of unemployment claim filings put a strain on the Alabama Department of Labor’s system causing some people not to be able to file.

Lawmakers: Coronavirus could ‘doom’ much of legislative session

Marsh and some others are voicing concerns about how the effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus will impact the economy. President Donald Trump early this week on social media said the coronavirus cure “can’t be worse than the problem itself.”

  Task force looks at schooling options after COVID-19 outbreak

The Alabama State Department of Education created a task force that would recommend solutions for future school decisions as the coronavrius outbreak continues.

Attorney General: Governor can postpone primary runoff election

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has the authority to postpone the state’s primary runoff election, Attorney General Steve Marshall concluded in an opinion released Tuesday

Virus: Legal opinion sought on any Alabama runoff delay

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is seeking an emergency legal opinion about the possibility of postponing the March 31 primary runoff because of the threat of coronavirus.

NRA endorses Sessions in Senate race

The National Rifle Association is endorsing Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

Trials, dockets suspended in Montgomery and some other counties

Some of Alabama’s courts are suspending jury trials or court dockets as a way of preventing the possible spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus.

  Alabama Senate passes medical marijuana bill

The Alabama Senate approved a medical marijuana bill with a 21-10 vote Thursday.

Ivey to approve $5 million appropriation for coronavirus preparedness

State lawmakers will send a supplemental appropriation of $5 million for COVID-19 preparedness to Gov. Kay Ivey, who has promised to approve it.

Bill would give first responders workers’ comp for mental illness

State law currently does not mandate workers' comp for mental illness.

Trump endorses Tuberville in GOP Senate nomination runoff

President Donald Trump has endorsed Tommy Tuberville in the GOP Senate nomination runoff.

Education lottery bill filed in House with 70 co-sponsors

If passed, the bill would go to the ballot as a constitutional amendment for people to vote on.

  Ala. House passes bill to lift ban on yoga in public schools

The Alabama House passed a bill Tuesday that would allow school boards to offer yoga classes in K-12 public schools.

Alabama bill would prevent public from seeing police body camera video

House Bill 373 outlines that body camera video would no longer be public.

  Bill seeks to strengthen Alabama’s open records law

Currently, if you as a taxpayer ask the state or local government for public information, they have to respond in a reasonable amount of time. But what "reasonable"?

Alabama lawmakers considering teacher ‘House Bill of Rights’

Alabama House members plan to debate the bill on the floor Tuesday.

Alabama state senator files bill that would criminalize sanctuary city policies

The bill criminalizes noncompliance with federal immigration law enforcement.

Bill would lift yoga ban in schools, but don’t say namaste

Alabama lawmakers might lift a decades-old ban on yoga in public schools.

Bill would lift yoga ban in schools, but don’t say namaste

Alabama lawmakers might lift a decades-old ban on yoga in public schools, though the bill would keep the greeting “namaste” on the forbidden list.

  Future hospital closures to come ‘if all things stay the same’

Pickens County Medical Center Friday became the 17th privately-run hospital to close in the state over the last decade.

Alabama Senate OKs bill banning gender treatment for minors

The legislation now moves to the state’s House of Representatives, where a similar bill was also approved by a health committee last month.

  Governor’s gambling study group holds first meeting

Gov. Kay Ivey’s study group on gambling policy held its first meeting Thursday morning.

  Constitutional carry bill clears Ala. Senate committee

Supporters say it is their constitutional right to carry a concealed weapon without buying a permit from the government.

Alabama AG reacts to campaign seeking halt of inmate’s execution

Attorney General Steve Marshall is pushing back against some calls to halt an execution that’s set for Thursday.

  Harvey-Hall wins democratic nomination for District 2; GOP runoff ahead

One side has been determined while another will have a runoff in the U.S. House District 2 race.