Rise to the moment of truth Friday, December 9, 2022

Tag: ALABAMA LEGISLATURE

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Stephanie Holden Smith: My grown up Christmas list

Please find my Grownup Christmas List for Alabama politics and politicians.

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Justin Bogie: Is this what fiscal conservatism looks like?

The basic argument made by Rep. Pringle is that Alabama and the national economy will soon be in a steep decline. Because of this, the inference is that it would be fiscally irresponsible to provide permanent tax cuts to Alabamians.

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Justin Bogie: Consequences of Medicaid expansion go beyond dollars and cents

On its face, it is understandable why Medicaid expansion is tempting for some lawmakers. The federal government currently pays a 90% match rate for states that elect to expand coverage.

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Incoming House Majority Leader Stadthagen pledges to work to make next quadrennium 'as productive as possible'

Last week, the Alabama House Republican Caucus chose State Rep. Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle) as the next Majority Leader of the caucus.

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Brock Colvin to represent Alabama House District 26 as youngest member in state legislature

At 27, Brock Colvin will be the youngest member of the Alabama Legislature when his term begins next session.

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Justin Bogie: Lawmakers must use historic surplus to protect Alabamians, not protect government

State Sen. Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman) said that a portion of the record surplus should be used to pay off existing state debt and the remainder to “create a savings account.”

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Alabama State Bar magazine: Kay Ivey's COVID emergency proclamations raise 'serious constitutional questions'

The latest issue of The Alabama Lawyer attempts to answer questions about the constitutionality of Ivey's use of emergency executive power to "abolish causes of action, change the standard of care, and confer immunity."

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Joey Clark: End the predatory grocery tax already

Do Alabama’s legislators and lobbyists have it too good?

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Phil Williams: Show me the money!

Is it possible that the elected leadership in Montgomery believes that we don’t have enough revenue? Not at all. The numbers don’t lie, and Alabama has more cash on hand than we’ve ever had.

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Justin Bogie: Another 'record' surplus in 2022 proves that Alabama can afford historic tax relief

Last Friday marked the end of the 2022 fiscal year. For state government, it was another record-breaking year.

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Joey Clark: 8 bold predictions on the future of Alabama politics

Though I possess no special gift of foresight, allow me to venture a few small predictions about the future of Alabama politics. 

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Justin Bogie: Alabama lawmakers can look to Missouri for bold tax reforms

Why, at a time when Alabama’s state government has its largest surplus in state history, is our legislature not acting more like Missouri and so many other states?

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Eight legislative highlights from Tuesday's runoff results

The unfinished business of legislative races, carried over from both parties' primaries last month, was scattered throughout Alabama on Tuesday.

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Connie's Law: protection for families proposed in wake of north Alabama murder

New legislation is being targeted in the wake of the ever-evolving case of Casey White. This time, it involves the case he is accused of murder in, the murder of Connie Ridgeway in Lauderdale County.

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Five legislative GOP primary election highlights from Tuesday's primary

While most were focused on the top of the ticket's contentious U.S. Senate and gubernatorial, some competitive legislative races on the ballot ended with surprising outcomes on Tuesday.

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State Senate Pro-Tem Reed says attempts to modify 2019 abortion ban could face state constitutional hurdles

Should the legislature seek to modify Alabama's existing abortion laws, there could be state constitutional hurdles to overcome, says State Senate President Pro-Tem Greg Reed (R-Jasper).

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Alabama abortion ban architect Eric Johnston rejects calls to add exceptions for rape, incest

Eric Johnston, who as of 2019 had drafted more than 12 anti-abortion laws for the state, told Rightside Radio host and Alabama Policy Institute senior fellow Phil Williams that suggestions from legislators to possibly add exceptions to the 2019 abortion ban were not intended to be a part of the law he drafted.

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Wiretapping bill fails in Senate

A wiretapping bill failed to pass the Senate this week with a tie vote of 13 to 13.   Senate Bill 26, sponsored by Tom Butler (R –...

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School choice substitute expected in the Senate

A substitution is in the works for the school choice bill in the Alabama legislature.   Rep. Charlotte Meadows and Sen. Del Marsh introduced...

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Alabama Farmers Federation announces another round of legislative endorsements

The Alabama Farmers Federation has announced more legislative endorsements. Alabama has 105 members of the Alabama House of Representatives...

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Bill to allow wiretapping by Alabama agencies passes committee

A bill that would allow some wiretapping in certain criminal cases passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.    Rep. Rex Reynolds...

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School choice bill presented to legislature

A school choice bill is being presented before the Alabama legislature. Rep. Charlotte Meadows and Sen. Del Marsh have teamed together...

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Over 40 legislative seats contested in Alabama so far

Qualifying to run in either major party primary will close on Friday, at 5 p.m. All 140 seats in the Alabama Legislature are up for...

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Bill filed to prohibit trains from blocking railroad crossings in Alabama

A bill was filed to prohibit trains from blocking railroad crossing on Thursday, Jan. 13. According to the Alabama Legislature, the...

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Alabama legislature launches improved website

The State of Alabama has launched its updated website for following legislators and the legislative process. With the 2022 regular...