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Deputy Brad Johnson Act reforming 'good time' early prison release criteria passes House and Senate committees

The Deputy Brad Johnson Act, which brings the long-discussed reform to the state’s so-called "good time laws," passed through both House and Senate Committees on Wednesday.

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Continuation of Alabama's sexual assault survivors' bill of rights passes House committee

The second part of Alabama’s sexual assault survivors' bill of rights passed the House committee and will go to the floor for a vote.

Governor Kay Ivey gave remarks to the Austal USA’s Women’s History Month Luncheon at Austal USA Monday March 20, 2023 in Mobile Alabama News
Teacher pay raises, increased Medicaid funding included in Ivey budget proposals

On Tuesday, Gov. Kay Ivey delivered her recommendations for the Education Trust Fund and the Alabama General Fund to the legislature.

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'Asleep at the wheel': Tuberville calls out Biden administration on seizure of Vulcan port in Mexico; Warns door opened for Chinese influence

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) says the Biden administration is "asleep at the wheel," leaving the door open for Chinese influence in Latin America after Mexico seized the port of a Birmingham-based construction firm Vulcan Materials.

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U.S. Rep. Palmer: 'Biden must immediately respond in the strongest possible terms' to Mexican government seizure of Vulcan Materials port

U.S. Rep Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) is calling on the Biden administration to intervene in the growing drama surrounding the Mexican government’s seizure of a port owned by Birmingham-based construction firm Vulcan Materials.

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State Rep. Chip Brown slams Mexican government for 'hostile takeover' of Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials' terminal on Yucatán Peninsula

State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Hollinger’s Island) is joining the chorus of political voices decrying Mexico’s seizure of a port owned by Birmingham-based construction firm Vulcan Materials.  

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House General Fund chair State Rep. Reynolds predicts no delays in three remaining legislative days of special session — 'We should have enough support across the board'

The special legislative session is moving along after already burning through two of the five available legislative days and no bills passing the House or Senate.

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Former U.S. Sen. Shelby honored by Ivey, others in joint session of Alabama Legislature

On Thursday, the Alabama Legislature met for a joint session in the old house chambers in the Capitol building to honor now-retired U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby.

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State education board approves confidential list of reading textbooks for K-3

The Alabama State Department of Education’s (ALSDE) Board voted Thursday to approve the k-3 English Language Arts (ELA) reading textbook recommendations from the State Textbook Committee.

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Craig Monger talks possible school choice legislation on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Reporter Craig Monger on "The Jeff Poor Show" as they discuss possible school choice legislation and the potential alternatives for Alabamians who live in rural areas.

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House Speaker Ledbetter predicts bills on school choice expansion, abortion ban changes

Alabama will have months of legislating after the conclusion of this special session, with abortion and school choice on the docket.

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Richard Shelby to be honored during legislative joint session on Thursday

Former Sen. Richard Shelby is slated to make an appearance at the Alabama state house, where a joint session of the legislature will convene to honor him for his time in Washington, D.C.

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House Speaker Ledbetter, General Fund budget chairman Reynolds express optimism for ARPA passage — 'We’ve got overwhelming support'

The Alabama House of Representatives gaveled in for the first official day of 2023’s special session, dropping the two bills to allocate funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

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Senate Minority Leader Singleton says expect Dems to 'play more defense,' Questions merits of school choice push

After Tuesday’s Senate meeting, Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) spoke to media, giving predictions and stating priorities in the upcoming regular session after the planned special session.  

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Ivey announces ARPA special session; Talks charter schools, tax rebates in State of the State

Governor Kay Ivey gave her State of the State address on Tuesday, calling for a special session and announcing the state’s plans to raise pay for teachers, plans for tax rebates, expand adoption access and more.

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Alabama Senate recesses for two weeks in anticipation of special session

Then Alabama legislature gaveled in Tuesday to begin what is shaping up to be a long session but swiftly scheduled a lengthy two-week recess for the as-of-yet unscheduled special legislative session.

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State Rep. Hill introduces bill allowing judges to split 30-year prison sentences

State Rep. Jim Hill (R-Moody) has introduced legislation that would allow judges to split the sentences of Alabama inmates sentenced up to 30 years.

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Biden claims Alabama's redistricting map discriminates against 'black voters' during 'Bloody Sunday' commemoration speech

Tight security, heavy police presence and overheated crowds eagerly awaiting their turn to march across the Edmund Pettus bridge was the order of the day as President Joe Biden participated in the annual Selma Jubilee march.

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State Sen. Stutts rejects claim PRICE Act school choice legislation is anti-freedom 'Trojan Horse' — 'There's no way it's taking anybody's freedom away'

School choice is shaping up to be a potential consideration for lawmakers during the 2023 regular session, and one proposal on the topic has a conservative group hot under the collar.

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State Rep. Ingram files bill to stop loitering on state highways — 'Roads are designed for cars; they aren’t designed for people'

State Rep. Reed Ingram (R-Pike Road) is trying to put an end to people loitering on public roadways, which is something he said has been an ongoing issue in his district.

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U.S. Sen. Tuberville discusses education at CPAC conference — 'We don’t teach reading, writing and arithmetic anymore'

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) recently appeared at the Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC) conference, where he discussed the political climate in Washington, D.C., specifically surrounding education.

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State Board of Education to vote on K-3 English language arts textbooks next week; List kept confidential

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is slated to vote on the K-3 English language arts (ELA) textbooks on March 9, though specific books are currently kept confidential by state law.

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State Rep. Yarbrough backs bill to prohibit vaccine mandates

State Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R-Trinity) announced his intent to file the Alabama Health Freedom Act, which will prohibit all forms of discrimination based on vaccine status.

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Ivey expected to call special session to allocate $1 billion in ARPA funds at the beginning of 2023 regular session

Much like the legislative tactic used to pass the 2019 Rebuild Alabama Act that included a controversial gasoline tax increase, a special session is being planned to start at the beginning of the 2023 regular session on March 7 to allocate more than $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money.

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State Rep. England introduces bill to disallow pistol permit holders from carrying on school property

State Rep. Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa) has introduced another bill to increase restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon in the state of Alabama.

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Biden to Selma — President will join annual Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing on Sunday

On Tuesday, the White House announced President Joe Biden will visit Selma on the 58th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

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AG Marshall applauds federal court's rejection of attempts to ratify 1972 Equal Rights Amendment

The District of Columbia appellate court Tuesday struck down attempts from several states to codify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. Constitution.

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