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Senate passes two economic incentive bills — Ivey’s 'Game Plan' facing zero opposition in Statehouse thus far

The Alabama Senate voted in favor of two bills on Thursday that, if passed, will expand special privileges and tax abatements for specific corporations in the state but also impose transparency requirements on certain economic incentives.

House of Representatives chamber in the Alabama State House Alabama News
Alabama House unanimously passes economic incentive package to expand special funding, tax abatements for private corporations

The Alabama House of Representatives passed four economic incentive bills included in Gov. Kay Ivey’s “Game Plan,” expanding the state’s ability to provide special funding and tax abatements to specific corporations.

Ed Oliver Alabama News
Divisive concepts bill clears committee, moves to House of Representatives for vote

The bill by State Rep. Ed Oliver (R-Dadeville) banning the teaching of “divisive concepts” in Alabama schools and universities has passed committee and will go to the floor for a vote.

Juandalynn Givan Alabama News
State Rep. Givan crafting bill to create loan incentive program for Birmingham-Southern, other institutions in need of financial assistance

The future of Birmingham-Southern College remains uncertain, but State Rep. Juandalynn Givan believes there’s hope for the financially struggling school.

School Choice Alabama News
Stutts, Yarbrough roll out school choice bills — 'I expect broad support'

The long-awaited Parental Rights in Children's Education (PRICE) Act, which would offer comprehensive school choice in Alabama, has been filed in the Alabama Legislature.

Steve Marshall Alabama News
AG Marshall working with lawmakers to draft bill to increase sentences for gang-related crimes

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is working with Republican lawmakers to bring a set of bills to the Alabama Legislature with the intention of curbing gang violence by increasing sentences for gang-related crimes.

Jason Whitlock screenshot Alabama News
'Fantasy land': The Blaze's Whitlock rails against transgenderism, sexualization of children in 'Rick & Bubba University' interview

During the latest "Rick & Bubba University" podcast, Jason Whitlock, a columnist and podcast host with The Blaze, slammed the left for being driven by feelings when it comes to ideology.

Barbara Drummond Alabama News
State Rep. Drummond bill would charge parents of students who bring guns to school with a Class C felony — 'We need to get parents' attention'

With the recent shooting at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, still heavy on the hearts and minds of America, State Rep. Barbara Drummond (D-Mobile) is hoping her new bill will reduce the risk of a similar tragedy playing out in Alabama by placing much of the responsibility on parents.

AL House of Rep Stringer Shane Facebook Alabama News
State Rep. Stringer proposes former law enforcement, ex-military be armed at public schools — 'We have got to do more to protect our children'

Although some may be uneasy about arming teachers at public schools, State Rep. Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle) insists there are scenarios where it would be appropriate, and he says he has forthcoming legislation to try to make it possible.

Gov. Kay Ivey State of the State. Alabama News
Ivey details proposed bills in ‘Game Plan’ to expand tax abatements, government funds for specific corporations

On Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey revealed more details of her economic incentive “Game Plan,” specifying the actions she wants the Legislature to take this spring.

Garlan Gudger Jr. Alabama News
State Sen. Gudger to carry Ivey's Enhancing Transparency Act to track economic incentives

As chairman of economic development in the State Senate, Sen Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman) said he has been asked to carry the Enhancing Transparency Act, which is one of the four bills proposed in Gov. Kay Ivey’s “Game Plan.”

Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott files bill to 'streamline' occupational licensing in Alabama; Secretary of State not fully on board

A bipartisan bill to reform occupational licensing in the state has been filed by State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine), who says the way Alabama has been handling licensing has cost people entry into the labor force.

texting Driving Alabama News
House grinds to a halt: Lawmakers debate bill to ban holding a phone while driving — 'This thing was about life and death'

Despite the rule changes meant to streamline the legislative process at the beginning of the year, lawmakers successfully clogged debate in the House, halting a bill that would criminalize holding a mobile phone while driving.

Tuberville Alabama News
Tuberville: Trump prepared for barrage of allegations throughout 2024 presidential bid

According to U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), a close confidant of former President Donald Trump, Trump keeps up with what is happening, especially as the 2024 presidential election cycle gets underway.

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Katie Britt condemns Trump indictment: ‘Alabamians do not want a two-tiered system of justice in this country’

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) joined the majority of Alabama’s congressional delegation in condemning the indictment handed down by a New York grand jury against former President Donald Trump.

Andrew Sorrell Alabama News
State Auditor Andrew Sorrell endorses Ron DeSantis for president

On Monday, State Auditor Andrew Sorrell announced his endorsement for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), an unannounced but likely Republican presidential candidate in 2024.

Tuberville Alabama News
Tuberville WSJ op-ed defends standoff over military nominations and abortion policy — ‘The only war they are focused on winning is the culture war’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) issued an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday defending his hold on general and flag officer nominations on the Senate floor in response to a Department of Defense policy that uses taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.

Barry Moore 2 Alabama News
Barry Moore on Trump indictment: 'We don't need our opponents picking our nominees' — Trump 'is going to win the race, and he is going to win the case'

One of former President Donald Trump's most outspoken proponents throughout the indictment saga has been Alabama's own U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise).

Mike Rogers Alabama News
Rogers: 'Alvin Bragg should stop making a mockery of the US Constitution and resign immediately'

As the fallout from former President Donald Trump's indictment continues, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) is falling in line with his Republican colleagues and expressing frustration.

Barry Moore Alabama News
Rogue prosecutor victim Barry Moore to hand out ham sandwiches to highlight 'weaponization of judicial system' in Trump indictment — 'Manhattan DA could indict a ham sandwich next'

“Welcome to the club, [Donald Trum]. In honor of the fact that the Manhattan DA could indict a ham sandwich next, I will be handing them out tomorrow in Longworth 1504 at noon. All are welcome!”

Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr: 'I'd love to see some kind of federal prohibition on states or even local governments giving out incentives'

Everybody else does it, so we have to. Basically, that is what Republican lawmakers have told constituents about the state's use of economic incentives, which they will readily acknowledge in theory, is a gross violation of free market economics.

Britt Alabama News
Britt rebukes federal regulators for recent bank failures — 'You need to be held accountable'

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt put federal financial regulators in the hot seat Tuesday during a Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Development hearing where she grilled them about their handling of the recent collapses of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

Tuberville Alabama News
Tuberville rips Schumer for calling military appointment hold over DOD abortion policy ‘unprecedented’ — Taxpayers funding abortions 'not right'

Recently, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) came under fire from Democrats, such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for his hold on general and flag officer nominations on the Senate floor in response to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s policy that uses taxpayer money to fund abortions.

BCA Alabama News
Business Council of Alabama vows to continue push for economic incentives in four-year plan

The Business Council of Alabama announced its new four-year “Renew Alabama” plan last week, promising to continue lobbying the state legislature to keep offering payments and tax credits to select private businesses.

Orr Alabama News
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.

Photo from the Birmingham Water Works Facebook page Alabama News
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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