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Donna Givens Alabama News
'Sound of Freedom Act' advances in House committee

The Sound of Freedom Act unanimously passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, bringing it one step closer to final passage.

DSC03502 Alabama News
House Democratic caucus pushes back against Gov. Ivey's proposed school choice bill

On Wednesday, the Alabama House Democratic caucus came out in staunch opposition to Gov. Kay Ivey’s proposed school choice legislation that will be debated during the 2024 legislative session.  

House Economic Development and Tourism Committee Alabama News
Gambling bills pass House committee with only one 'no' vote

The set of bills legalizing comprehensive gambling in Alabama passed out of committee Wednesday with one vote opposed a day before they're slated to hit the House of Representatives for a floor vote.

State Rep. Chris Blackshear. Alabama News
Lawmakers, advocates gather at State House Tuesday to debate proposed gaming legislation

Tuesday was all about gambling at the Alabama State House, as lawmakers and advocates spent time either opposing or supporting the proposed legislation currently being debated by legislators.

Staet Rep. Andy Whitt. Alabama News
'I just find it a little hypocritical': State Rep. Whitt questions ALFA Vegas trip during committee hearing on gambling bill

State Rep. Andy Whitt (R-Harvest) challenged the Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) during a debate at the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee hearing on proposed comprehensive gambling legislation.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall Alabama News
AG Marshall opposes proposed gambling legislation — ‘This bill will clearly benefit a handful of special interests’

Attorney General Steve Marshall has “serious concerns” about the proposed gambling legislation currently being deliberated by the Alabama House of Representatives.

North Shelby Library Alabama News
Shelby County delegation backs bill requiring delegation to appoint library board members after 2023 controversy

The entire Shelby County delegation is backing a bill allowing the delegation to appoint the North Shelby County Library Board members after the 2023 drama surrounding a "pride" children's display.

Scott Harris Alabama News
Multiple bills filed to address appointment, power of State Health Officer

The Alabama Legislature is poised to address the State Health Officer's appointment and scope of authority through several bills filed in both legislative houses.

Opelika Baptist Church Alabama News
Alabama Baptist leaders oppose new gambling legislation – 'Would bring destruction and devastation to the lives of countless families'

Alabama’s Baptist leadership has come out in opposition to the proposed gambling legislation currently being considered by Alabama lawmakers.

Prattville Library Alabama News
Prattville library board passes rule change regulating ordering, placement of 'obscene' books

The Prattville-Autauga Library board recently passed a series of policies on Thursday regulating policies for ordering and placing “obscene” books in the local library.

Susan Dubose Alabama News
State Rep. DuBose files legislation to codify male, female definitions in state law

State Rep. Susan DuBose (R-Hoover) recently filed a bill that would codify definitions of man, woman, boy, girl, father, mother, male, female, and sex in Alabama law and allow local public entities to establish separate single-sex spaces or environments in certain circumstances.

Ledbetter Alabama News
First legislative week closes without House Speaker Ledbetter addressing media; Speaker away to attend funeral

The first week of the 2024 legislative session passed without House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) engaging in his traditional period of addressing the media on his priorities and expectations during the coming months.  

Gambling Alabama News
Lawmakers unveil plans to legalize gambling in Alabama — 'Above all, we believe the people deserve the right to vote on this issue'

Members of the Alabama House Gaming Study Group revealed their plan for a comprehensive gaming plan as the push for statewide gambling begins in Montgomery.

Aaron Cody Smith Alabama News
Marshall's office to handle prosecution of imprisoned former Montgomery Police officer in new appeal

Attorney General Steve Marshall will assume the prosecution of Aaron Cody Smith, the former Montgomery police officer convicted of manslaughter who is now seeking a Rule 32 hearing to potentially overturn the conviction.

Marshall Alabama News
AG opinion: State library board cannot dictate policies, but could make funding conditional on those guidelines

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office said in a recently obtained opinion that the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) may make funding contingent on specific policies but could not dictate protocols directly to libraries.

Amy Minton APLS. Alabama News
Ivey appoints new library board appointees including local GOP secretary critical of sexually explicit children's books

Gov. Kay Ivey recently appointed Amy Minton, a long-time critic of sexually explicit and age-inappropriate children’s books, to the Alabama Public Library Service.

Kenneth Paschal Alabama News
State Rep. Paschal files bill protecting places of worship from public safety measures during a state of emergency

State Rep. Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham) has pre-filed legislation to protect religious institutions from being subjected to stricter public safety measures than non-religious organizations in the event of another public emergency.

bryan taylor, alabama forestry Alabama News
Alabama Forestry Association endorses Bryan Taylor for Chief Justice in race against Sarah Stewart

The Alabama Forestry Association recently announced its endorsement of Bryan Taylor for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

AL State House Lon Worley Alabama News
Alabama House GOP caucus releases legislative priorities on eve of session

The Republican caucus of the House of Representatives released its legislative platform on Monday, one day before the legislature is slated to gavel in.

Steve Marshall Alabama News
AG Marshall backs Tennessee, Kentucky in fight against transgender surgeries, hormones for minors

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has entered briefs defending the rights of Tennesee and Kentucky to enforce laws prohibiting transgender surgeries and hormones for minors.

School choice. Alabama News
State Rep. Yarbrough files school choice bill: 'The goal of school choice is to create freedom in education, not increase government involvement'

State Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R-Trinity) has officially pre-filed a full school choice bill less than a week out of the 2024 legislative session.

John Rogers Alabama News
Democrat State Rep. Rogers faces new fraud, obstruction of justice charges

State Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) will face additional charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and obstruction of justice in the ever-growing scandal surrounding a youth baseball kickback scheme that has already seen one State Rep. resign his position.

ALGOP logo Alabama News
School choice, medical freedom, women's bill of rights among ALGOP's legislative priorities

The Alabama Republican Party has released its legislative priorities with less than a week until the Alabama Legislature gavels in for the 2024 session.

Motgomery Police Chief Darryl Albert Alabama News
Fmr Montgomery police officer accuses Police Chief Darryl Albert of retaliation after refusing sexual advances

A former Montgomery police officer is claiming that she faced retaliation and was ultimately fired by the Montgomery Police Department (MPD) after refusing to have an affair with Montgomery Police Chief Darryl J. Albert.

Dale Strong Alabama News
Strong votes to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas — 'Our nation is in the midst of a historic national security and public safety crisis'

U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Monrovia) joined 17 other lawmakers in voting to advance articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his handling of the rapidly deteriorating situation on the Southern border.

Alabama Public Library Service Alabama News
Public comment period to begin for governor-proposed rule changes to state library administrative code

Starting February 1, state residents will be able to voice their concerns with the Alabama Public Library Service as it considers implementing Gov. Kay Ivey’s proposed administrative rules changes.

APLS Board meeting Alabama News
State library system votes to withdraw from American Library Association

After months of calls from residents and lawmakers, the Alabama Public Library Service voted unanimously on Tuesday to withdraw its membership with the American Library Association.

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