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'Gambling interests aren’t getting their way': Shelnutt defiant as pro-gambling House members target Alabama farmers

The Alabama Senate was brought to a virtual standstill on Tuesday after two House members declined to advance an Alabama Farm Center bill out of conference committee.

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State Rep. Whitt honors two U.S. Army aviators who crashed in Harvest with memorial marker

State Rep. Andy Whitt (R-Harvest) is honoring Tennessee National Guard chief warrant officers Daniel Wadham of Joelton, Tenn., and Danny Randolph of Murfreesboro, Tenn., with a memorial marker on Highway 53.

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'I just find it a little hypocritical': State Rep. Whitt questions ALFA Vegas trip during committee hearing on gambling bill

State Rep. Andy Whitt (R-Harvest) challenged the Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) during a debate at the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee hearing on proposed comprehensive gambling legislation.

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First Look: Gaming legislation to be introduced in the Alabama House

The Alabama House of Representatives will release two bills publicly that pertain to gambling in Alabama on Thursday. One is a Constitutional Amendment, and the second is the gambling legislation in itself.

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Law enforcement pushes for gambling legislation to include stricter enforcement against pervasive existing illegal gaming

For any gambling bill to have a chance of passing the Legislature during the 2024 regular session, many state leaders and law enforcement officials told 1819 News it must include robust enforcement mechanisms and regulations to end rampant illegal gaming currently plaguing the state.

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State Rep. Whitt: 'We will see some form of legislation introduced in the upcoming 2024 session related to the lottery or a comprehensive gaming plan'

Earlier this month, the Alabama Legislature concluded business without addressing the issue of gambling in the state, but the work to formulate a state lottery or even a "comprehensive gaming plan" is well underway.

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Legislation requiring financial literacy testing in public schools passes Alabama House

A bill to mandate testing for financial literacy in Alabama schools passes the Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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Alabama College Republicans back bill to add financial literacy requirement to Alabama high schools

The College Republican Federation of Alabama is backing a bill in the Alabama House of Representatives to require students to learn financial literacy before graduating high school in the state.

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Alabama Workforce and Wage Gap task force promotes policies to conceal salary history, offer equal pay audit incentives, expand childcare access; Endorsed by GOP State Reps. Lovvorn, Whitt

The task force is recommending an array of policies, including adding a salary history ban, offering incentives to conduct equal pay audits, using tax credits and COVID funding to expand childcare and more. 

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House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter announces intentions for eight more committee chair positions

Republic Caucus nominee for Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) announced eight more state representatives he intends to appoint to committee chairs if he is elected in January.

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Alabama Speaker of the House announces changes and appointments in House Committee structure

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced several changes in the House committee leadership structure. These changes...

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The Alabama Farmers Federation endorses more legislative incumbents

By Brandon Moseley The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed more sitting members of the legislature for re-election in the coming...