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Most of Alabama Republican congressional delegation opposes earmark ban

Most of Alabama's Republican congressional delegation opposed banning earmarks for the upcoming Congress.

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Montgomery City Council delays vote on lodging tax increase again

The Montgomery City Council delayed voting again on an ordinance to increase the city’s lodging tax at a meeting Tuesday night.

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Circuit Judge drops sexual abuse case against Perry Hooper, Jr.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge J.R. Gaines granted a motion to drop the sexual abuse case against former Alabama State Rep. Perry Hooper, Jr. on Tuesday.

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Republican, Democratic legislators back Jobs Act economic incentives cap increase, extension

Members of the Joint Legislative Study Commission on Economic Development Incentives recommended at a meeting Monday the Legislature consider increasing the $350 million cap on Alabama Jobs Act economic development incentives and extending the sunset date of the law for another five years until July 30, 2028.

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Montgomery County DA files motion to drop sexual abuse case against Perry Hooper, Jr.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office filed a motion Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court to drop the sexual abuse case against Perry Hooper Jr.

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Tuberville questions FTX’s ‘high marks’ by ESG ratings companies

Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) questioned the liability some major Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings companies might have for giving crypto exchange, FTX, “high marks, very high marks for corporate governance” before its recent collapse.

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Ivey joins 20 Republican governors calling on Congress to remove military vaccine mandate

Congress should remove and prohibit the “Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate” on members of the military due to missed recruitment goals and current service members “leaving our ranks,” according to a letter sent this week to congressional leaders from Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and 20 other Republican governors.

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Legislature's Contract Review Committee approves ABC Board's $450,000 communications contract for underage drinking prevention campaign

Members of the Contract Review Committee reviewed a $450,000 communications services contract between the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board and Direct Communications Thursday for “development of anti-underage drinking materials and online/virtual presentations.”

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Wesley Britt joins lobbying firm in Montgomery

Wesley Britt, husband of U.S. Senator-elect Katie Britt, joined Fine, Geddie and Associates, an Alabama lobbying firm, this week.

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Tuberville calls for additional crypto regulations after FTX collapse

Congress should act to pass regulations on cryptocurrencies after the recent collapse of a large cryptocurrency exchange sent shockwaves through the industry, according to Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn).

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Caleb Taylor talks the odd Alabama state parks requirement for written permission for firearms on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Investigative Reporter Caleb Taylor on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss the odd requirement that visitors to Alabama state parks must get the park's written permission before they can carry their concealed weapons on park property.

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AG Marshall files lawsuit against state ethics commission

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court against the Alabama Ethics Commission stating an advisory opinion of theirs “directly interferes with and impairs his duties.”

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Houston County approves marketing contract to aid employee recruitment

Houston County Commissioners approved an annual marketing contract Monday to help with county employee recruitment.

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Alabama Department of Public Health ramps up advertising spending 500% since 2018

Advertising expenses at the Alabama Department of Public Health increased by over 500% from fiscal years 2018 to 2022.

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Law schools in Alabama not planning to drop LSAT requirement after ABA announcement

Deans of law schools in Alabama aren’t planning on changing requiring LSAT scores for admission of incoming students after the American Bar Association (ABA) announced they were planning on making the test optional starting in the fall of 2025.

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Alabama AG, DCNR ask for pause in lawsuit over written permission policy to carry firearms at state parks

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Commissioner Chris Blankenship asked the U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama Monday to delay a decision on a lawsuit against Alabama’s written permission firearm policy in state parks until after their new policy is implemented in March.

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Marshall, 21 state AGs petition for health care worker vaccine mandate repeal

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and 21 other state attorneys general filed a petition last week with the federal government to repeal its healthcare worker COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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Alabama Power CEO Mark Crosswhite retiring ‘to spend more time with family’

Alabama Power President and CEO Mark Crosswhite announced Monday his retirement from the company at the end of 2022. 

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State House security preclearance policy for lobbyists, agency heads to begin in 2023 session

A new Alabama State House security preclearance policy for registered lobbyists and state agency heads will begin during the 2023 legislative session.

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Alabama Supreme Court reverses earlier dismissal of UAH free speech lawsuit

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday to allow a free speech lawsuit to proceed by a Young Americans for Liberty chapter and student-member Joshua Greer against the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). 

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University of Alabama reduces liberal arts core curriculum graduation requirements starting in 2025

A new core curriculum reducing some liberal arts requirements was approved by University of Alabama faculty on Wednesday.

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Ivey hires BCA lobbyist as legislative affairs director in second term

Gov. Kay Ivey is hiring Drew Harrell, Business Council of Alabama’s Vice President of Governmental Affairs, to lead her legislative affairs team for her second term.

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Montgomery City Council delays lodging tax increase vote

Members of the Montgomery City Council delayed voting on an ordinance at a Tuesday night meeting that would increase the city’s lodging tax.

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Mississippi plans income tax elimination while Alabama plans temporary rebate

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) announced Tuesday his plans to further reduce the state's income tax until it is entirely eliminated over the next four years.

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Alabama ranked 22nd in economic freedom index for North America

Alabama was ranked 22nd among North American states and provinces for its overall economic freedom ranking, according to the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of North America 2022 report released Tuesday.

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Alabama AG Marshall elected RAGA chair

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was elected Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) Chairman by his Republican attorneys general colleagues at a meeting over the weekend, according to a press release. 

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Alabama Power top donor to incoming Speaker Ledbetter’s PAC in 2022

Alabama Power Company was the top donor to the political action committee (PAC) of incoming Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) in 2022.

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