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State Sen. Orr questions $1 billion budget for new Elmore County prison — 'It seems like it’s off the rails'

Some Alabama lawmakers are still reeling from the sticker shock after it was announced the budget for the new prison facility in Elmore County had been increased to nearly $1 billion. 

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‘The best place for Space Command is in Huntsville’ — Battle, Britt, Tuberville push back against Biden’s efforts to reverse decision on U.S. Space Command location

State and federal officials are pushing back against Biden’s reported efforts to keep U.S. Space Command from locating in Huntsville.

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State Rep. Carns proposes bill to terminate current Birmingham Water Works Board members — ‘Their governance needs to be overhauled’

After a year of crisis at the Birmingham Water Works, two state legislators representing part of the Birmingham area are trying to alter the qualifications for serving on the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) and make the utility regional. That means the Alabama Gov. would gain the authority to appoint three of its members.

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'Just wheels in a machine': Lawmakers describe bullying, intimidation from House leadership — Ainsworth aide Connie Rowe said to have given belittling speech

Some of Alabama’s freshmen legislators are describing bullying and intimidation from leadership as they were welcomed into the state house, having been discouraged from disagreeing with GOP leadership.

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Occupational tax bill clears State Senate committee with substitution, amendment

The approved amendment would delay application of the 1% cap for cities with outstanding debt secured by occupational taxes until the January after the final payment on the debt is made.

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Gadsden Mayor Ford bemoans effort to eliminate occupational tax as city increases mayor's office budget by 41%

Mayor Craig Ford has seen a 41% increase in his budget while other city departments brace for potential budget cuts.

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U.S. Rep. Rogers rips Biden for vetoing anti-ESG investing bill — ‘Get woke politics out of Americans’ savings accounts’

President Joe Biden issued his first-ever veto on Monday to reject a bill that would have reversed a rule instituted by his own administration that allowed money managers to use environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when making retirement investments on a client’s behalf. 

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State Sen. Elliott pushes to do away with 'sketchy' boards in Alabama, take serious look at grocery tax reform

State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) spoke Monday at the March 2023 South Baldwin Chamber Leadership Series luncheon.

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City of Gadsden funding up to $100K annually for DEI director — Expenditure amid occupation tax fight to stave off alleged cash crunch

Ford handpicked Ruth Moffat to helm the new position due to her work as executive director of United Way of Etowah County.

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Tuberville co-sponsors bill to expand approved uses of state-sponsored college savings plans to include expenses associated with ‘skills training’ and ‘credentialing’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) co-sponsored a bill that might encourage Americans to enter a trade career instead of pursuing careers requiring degrees from four-year universities.

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Britt decries 'unlawful' seizure of Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials' facility in Mexico — 'Mexico should be more focused on going after the cartels than law-abiding businesses'

Britt said the Vulcan facility, which is headquartered in Birmingham, was breached and taken over by military and police forces at approximately 5:30 am local time on March 14.

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U.S. Rep. Palmer on Biden family investigation: ‘A lot of smoke here and we need to get it cleaned up’

The GOP Oversight Committee released subpoenaed financial records that show multiple members of the Biden family received a total of over $1 million potentially tied to a business associate who was doing business with a Chinese energy company.

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State Sen. Orr to introduce legislation to gradually lift taxes on ‘essential’ groceries

Alabama is one of the only states to charge a sales tax on “essential” foods like milk and eggs, but as food prices soar due to inflation, one state senator has drafted a bill to lift the tax burden.

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State Rep. Hill defends inmate early release bill as a 'safe, reasonable approach to take'; Supports giving Pardons & Paroles more funding for electronic monitoring

While the mass early release of prisons has been heavily criticized by other lawmakers and law enforcement officials, Hill, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, still sees it as a net positive for public safety.

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House Speaker Ledbetter to BCA: Economic incentives renewal one of the 'biggest legislative issues this session'

While speaking to the Business Council of Alabama on Tuesday morning, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) gave his support to expanding economic incentive programs for select businesses in the state.

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U.S. Rep. Palmer running again in 2024; Claims pledge was to support term-limit legislation, but acknowledges saying would only serve five terms

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) is officially running for a sixth term and stressing that the term limits pledge he signed in 2014 is to support legislation to limit terms to six years but not necessarily to limit himself.

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Alabama Republican Party sets record at DeSantis fundraising dinner

Over 1,700 people packed into the Finley Center in Hoover on Thursday for the event, which had to be moved from the Birmingham Sheraton to accommodate the large crowd.

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U.S. Sen. Britt blasts Biden for excluding Senate Republicans from banking collapse briefing: 'We have more questions than answers'

“Right now, we have more questions than answers. Why did regulators not see this coming?"

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State Sen. Elliott: 'Presumptuous' to expect ARPA passage by Thursday — 'I don't like the idea of passing it as is'

More than $1 billion in spending is being considered by the Alabama Legislature as it heads into the third day of a special session called by Gov. Kay Ivey last week to deal with the remainder of funds allotted to the state by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

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U.S. Rep. Moore: School funds better spent locally than by 'inefficient' U.S. Dept. of Education with 'strings attached'

Many Republicans in the U.S. Congress have called for abolishing the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) over its “radical anti-American ideas,” but U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) said the organization’s rampant inefficiency is another reason it needs to go.

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U.S. Rep. Moore: House Judiciary Committee to investigate Fauci, Hunter Biden, FBI — 'We’re going to issue the subpoenas and do what we got to do'

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has previously been accused of favoring talk over action. But committee member U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) said things will be different now that Republicans are back in the majority and have U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan at the helm.

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U.S. House unanimously votes for Biden to disclose details about potential Wuhan COVID-19 origin connections; U.S. Rep. Rogers says Americans deserve to know where pandemic 'came from'

The U.S. House voted on Friday to require the Biden administration to declassify information pertaining to the connection between the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China and the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DeSantis warms up Alabama GOP for 2024 presidential cycle with wide-ranging speech rejecting 'Faucism,' state income taxes and the 'woke agenda'

Although he has not formally announced a bid for the White House, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) made what could have been interpreted as a speech that laid the groundwork for a presidential campaign Thursday night for the Alabama Republican Party's winter dinner.

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U.S. Rep. Strong proposes bill to complete construction of southern border wall

“My bill will resume border wall construction and ensure the president cannot withhold resources while sending our troops to the front lines.”

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Mike Pence coming to the University of Alabama in April

University of Alabama YAF to welcome Mike Pence in April.

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House bill could permit state employees to make over $50K a year while receiving retirement benefits

If passed this legislative session, a new bill in the Alabama House of Representatives would allow beneficiaries of the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) to earn a salary of as much as $52,000 a year while still receiving retirement benefits.

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State Sen. Sessions insists discipline biggest issue confronting K-12 public education; Says legislature could take rule-making, regulatory authority away from school boards

If you listen to public remarks given by Gov. Kay Ivey and other Republican lawmakers with leadership posts, you would have heard that education will be a focus during this year's legislative session, slated to begin on Tuesday at noon.

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