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Scott Harris Alabama News
Givhan legislation would give governor authority to appoint State Health Officer, require governor approval for 'an emergency rule'

Legislation that would make Alabama’s State Health Officer appointed by the Governor rather than the State Committee of Public Health was filed on Wednesday.

Statehouse Alabama News
Senate committee passes local government retiree bonus deadline extension

Legislation that would extend a deadline for localities to pay a one-time lump sum bonus with local funds for retirees passed the Senate County and Municipal Government Committee unanimously on Tuesday.

Grocery tax Alabama News
Partial grocery tax repeal bill filed

The state sales tax on some groceries would be gradually eliminated under legislation filed on Tuesday.

Health care visitation bill passes House committee

Legislation by State Sen. Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman) and State Rep. Debbie Wood (R-Valley) to establish certain visitation policies of friends and family for hospitals and nursing homes passed a House committee unanimously on Tuesday.

voting machone Alabama News
Alabama Senate passes two election integrity bills including paper ballots, no machines with internet connection

Two election integrity bills passed the Alabama Senate unanimously on Tuesday.

Kay Ivey Alabama News
Ivey introduces incentives package to increase spending, extend Alabama Jobs Act through 2028

MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey announced a package of incentives bills on Monday that would increase the spending cap and extend the expiration date on the Alabama Jobs Act.

San Francisco City Hall Alabama News
California considers lifting travel ban to Alabama over 2017 religious adoption protections law

A California legislator filed a bill last week lifting the state’s travel ban to 23 states including Alabama and creating a program to “encourage acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.”

DEI blocks Alabama News
Alabama Power’s parent company Southern Co. employees’ DEI training rate was 81% in ‘22, CEO says

About 81% of Southern Company employees participated in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training in 2022, according to a letter to stockholders sent by outgoing Southern Company CEO and Chairman Thomas Fanning on Friday.

Former Dothan employee involved in COVID feeding scandal appeals termination again

A former city of Dothan employee is appealing a ruling by Houston County Circuit Judge Henry "Butch" Binford that upheld her termination for her involvement in the city's youth food scandal paid for with federal COVID funds.

Chip Brown Alabama News
State Rep. Chip Brown files anti-ESG legislation

State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Mobile) filed legislation last week that would prohibit local and state agencies from considering environmental, social, and governance criteria when awarding some public contracts.

Grocery tax Alabama News
Grocery tax repeal bill could leave many foods still taxed as lawmakers debate WIC vs. SNAP definition

How many groceries are left untaxed or reduced by the state depends on what definition legislators use for food in possible grocery tax reduction or elimination legislation in the next couple of months.

PPP Fraud Alabama News
Huntsville couple indicted for using $1.7 million in COVID loans for plastic surgery, vacation

A Madison County couple were indicted on Wednesday for allegedly defrauding the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of $1.7 million, according to the Department of Justice.

Prison Alabama News
Ivey’s education budget proposal includes $100 million for prison construction

Gov. Kay Ivey’s educational budget proposal includes $100 million for prison construction in Elmore and Escambia County.

Medicaid Alabama News
Is Alabama about to expand Medicaid?

Some groups have their sights set on Alabama to pass Medicaid expansion in the near future.

Steve Marshall Alabama News
AG Marshall: 'The Soros influence is so bad for communities'

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined Fox Business’ "The Evening Edit" on Monday to discuss some states recently changing course on how they punish property crimes.

I Stock 1132274279 Alabama News
State Rep. Kenneth Paschal introduces veteran funeral service legislation

State Rep. Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham) is sponsoring legislation that seeks to identify the unclaimed cremated remains of military veterans and outlines their proper and respectful final disposition in a state or national military cemetery.

Casinos switch from electronic to paper bingo, still operating after court ruling

Three casinos in Macon and Lowndes County are still operating after making slight changes despite an Alabama Supreme Court ruling last year that some believed would put casinos in Macon and Lowndes Counties out of business.

Montgomery Whitewater Alabama News
Ivey education budget proposal includes $25 million economic development around Whitewater project

The Montgomery County Commission would receive $25 million for economic development around the Montgomery Whitewater recreation facility under Gov. Kay Ivey’s proposed Education Trust Fund supplemental budget this week.

Darby Alabama News
Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals orders new trial of Huntsville cop William Darby’s murder verdict

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals reversed and ordered a new trial in a case resulting in a guilty verdict of murder by a former Huntsville cop in Madison Circuit Court in 2021.

Son visiting mom in hospital Alabama News
Health care visitation rights bill passes Alabama Senate

Legislation by State Sen. Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman) to establish certain visitation policies for hospitals and nursing homes passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday.

World Games Alabama News
Ivey education budget proposal includes $5 million to financially beleaguered World Games

The State of Alabama will send $5 million to the World Games under a proposed budget submitted to the legislature this week by Gov. Kay Ivey.

BSC Alabama News
Birmingham-Southern makes one last push for state bailout

Birmingham-Southern College officials are asking legislators one more time for a $30 million bailout before possibly ceasing operations.

Will Ainsworth Alabama News
Ainsworth: Tax cuts ‘better policy’ than rebates

Tax cuts are a better policy than one-time tax rebates, according to Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth.

Arthur Orr Alabama News
Orr files bill requiring ethics commission to disclose exculpatory evidence

State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) filed legislation on Tuesday that would require the Alabama Ethics Commission to provide someone allegedly guilty of an ethics or campaign finance violation with exculpatory evidence in their possession before resolving the case or forwarding it to a prosecutor.

Red Tape Alabama News
Report: Alabama has third-highest licensing burden in nation

Alabama has the third-highest occupational licensing burden in the country, according to a new study.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. Photo: Erica Thomas. Alabama News
Lawsuit between AG Marshall and Alabama Ethics Commission rolls on

The Alabama Attorney General’s Office asked a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge to let a lawsuit against the Alabama Ethics Commission continue last week.

Trump Tuberville Alabama News
Tuberville on possible Trump arrest – ‘It won't change anything for me'

Various news outlets began reporting late last week that former President Donald Trump would be arrested in the near future over alleged “hush money” payments made during his 2016 campaign for President.

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