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State Sen. Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott on gambling's collapse: 'They got greedy'

Any form of legalized gambling in Alabama will have to wait at least a year, if not longer, after the Legislature declined to pass so-called comprehensive gaming legislation during this year's legislative session.

State Sen Chris Elliott Alabama News
Elliott: Gambling 'no' vote blowback not going to change my vote

Earlier this week, a so-called test vote on a constitutional amendment required for a comprehensive gambling package failed in the Alabama Senate by one vote.

Marshall Alabama News
AG Marshall: 'Do the people of Alabama really believe we need to raise the amount of gifts that can be given to public officials?'

Among the many opponents of ethics legislation awaiting the consideration of the Alabama Senate is Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Ledbetter Alabama News
Ledbetter says he was 'surprised' by Senate's initial reaction to House gambling bill

During an appearance on Wednesday's broadcast of Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) said he was "surprised" by the initial reaction to his chamber's gambling effort.

Stan McDonald, Matt Simpson Alabama News
LISTEN: Ethics Commissioner Stan McDonald, State Rep. Matt Simpson trade blows on Mobile airwaves over House ethics bill

Earlier this week, the State House of Representatives passed House Bill 227, sponsored by State Rep. Matt Simpson (R-Daphne). This bill would overhaul the state's ethics law, change penalties for certain offenses, and revise the role of the state ethics commission and the appointment process of the commission's director.

State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Mobile). Alabama News
State Rep. Brown: Expect the House to reject Senate gambling bill

Thus far, members from the Alabama House of Representatives have been tepid at best in their reactions to a Senate-passed version of gambling legislation passed earlier this month. State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Hollinger's Island) is pessimistic about its prospects when the Alabama Legislature returns from its break earlier today.

Alabama Senate Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott: I do not think the House gambling bill has the votes to move forward as it is now

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) said the so-called comprehensive gambling bill that passed the State House of Representatives could not pass in the State Senate as currently written.

Andrew Sorrell Alabama News
State Auditor Sorrell backs Trump for president — 'Better odds' of beating Biden than Nikki Haley

Last year, State Auditor Andrew Sorrell was among the first to endorse Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) for president.

Garlan Gudger Jr. Alabama News
State Sen. Gudger rejects claim anti-ballot harvesting bill 'criminalizes' assistance; Says federal law protects assistance provisions

Republicans in the Alabama Legislature are expected to take up a bill to increase the penalties for ballot harvesting in Alabama early in the 2024 session.

Scott Harris Alabama News
State Rep. Shirey says time is right to reform State Health Officer role

One area that got notice in 2023 but was thwarted by Democrat lawmakers was reforming the antiquated law governing the Alabama Department of Public Health and its leadership under the direction of the State Health Officer.

Barry Moore Alabama News
Barry Moore on Ukraine: 'America Last' approach sending money to other countries 'does not make any sense'

Add U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) to the growing list of Capitol Hill Republicans who oppose increasing the level of funding for Ukraine.

Carl628 Alabama News
Jerry Carl: 'I am in no mood to send more money to Ukraine'

Although he was a supporter early on, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) said he is no longer willing to support bankrolling Ukraine's war effort against the Russians.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile). Photo: Erica Thomas. Alabama News
Jerry Carl on abortion: 'I don't want the federal government to change the law — It is the state's job'

While some Republicans are urging the party to reevaluate its stance on abortion for the sake of winning elections in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization U.S. Supreme Court decision, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) thinks the high court's ruling that leaves it up to the individual states is the proper approach.

Barry moore Alabama News
Barry Moore still undecided on political future — 'My priority right now is to get Jim Jordan as speaker'

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Moore said he expected a decision in the coming weeks but was currently focused on U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-Ohio) bid for House Speaker.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson Alabama News
West Alabama Corridor proponent Mobile Mayor Stimpson says federal matching may come at later phase

Despite the Ivey administration's best efforts, the so-called West Alabama Corridor that would complete a four-lane route between Mobile and Tuscaloosa with a price tag approaching $1 billion remains a controversial use of public dollars.

Dick Brewbaker Alabama News
Fmr State Sen. Brewbaker on 2024 congressional run: 'I would love to run in a district where there is no incumbent'

Although it remains unknown how a three-judge panel will rule in federal court on Alabama's recently redrawn congressional lines, some interested parties are preparing for the 2024 election cycle.

Kennon Ivey Alabama News
Orange Beach Mayor Kennon on Baldwin Beach toll hike: 'Don't call me, call the Governor'

On Wednesday, the Baldwin County Bridge Company significantly hiked the tolls on its Beach Express bridge connecting Orange Beach to point north on the Foley Beach Express.

Lawmakers gather after 2021 prison special session for bill signing, Oct. 1, 2021 Alabama News
State Sen. Orr: Mega-prison construction manager ought to be held accountable, reviewed for escalating costs

During the 2023 regular legislative session, Gov. Kay Ivey and some members of the Alabama Legislature urged discretion on state finances when determining what would be appropriate for the budget surpluses from fiscal year 2022.

Gary Palmer Alabama News
Palmer says SCOTUS redistricting ruling 'a very serious step backward' — It institutionalizes divisions 'with lines on a map'

Alabama will find out within the next few weeks its fate regarding a three-judge panel's review of the congressional maps created by the Alabama Legislature last month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled maps drawn in 2021 violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Ivey Bentley Alabama News
Bentley backs Ivey on West Alabama Corridor, Says Ainsworth ought to let Ivey 'handle the situation right now while she's in office'

Governor Kay Ivey has one ally in her bid to finish a four-lane route between Tuscaloosa and Mobile.

Barry moore Alabama News
Barry Moore on NDAA: Tuberville has 217 House members saying, 'Hey, we're standing with you, sir'

Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act by a 219-210 vote.

ALGOP Chairman John Wahl Alabama News
ALGOP chair Wahl: Party 'looking into' curbing AEA influence on legislative Republicans — 'You can't have a liberal education union bragging about how they accomplished everything they wanted'

Last month, the Alabama Education Association (AEA), the labor union for Alabama's public K-12 school teachers, claimed victories defeating school choice and a handful of tax cut measures during the 2023 legislative session.

lottery scratch off Alabama News
State Sen. Sessions says gambling constitutional amendment should come in presidential election — Would be a 'no' vote at polls

With the conclusion of the 2023 legislative session, speculation about the future of gambling in Alabama is heating up, even though there is a long way to go until the 2024 legislative session.

Archives & History Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott: Expect more lawmaker scrutiny of ADAH after LGBTQ+ event — 'You're talking about sex in the Alabama Archives & History building'

The Alabama Department of Archives & History (ADAH) caught several lawmakers' attention after hosting a luncheon last week about Alabama's LGBTQ history.

Jamie Kiel Alabama News
State Rep. Kiel criticizes 'disingenuous media' for false portrayal ballot-harvesting legislation; Says issue 'even more relevant' in wake of SCOTUS redistricting ruling

Sine die came and went without House Bill 209 (HB209), legislation that would have cracked down on so-called ballot harvesting, getting a vote on the State Senate floor.

State Sen. Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott blasts Ivey for Baldwin County bridge turmoil — 'The buck stops with her,' 'Failure of leadership at the highest level'

Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court dealt a devastating blow to the Ivey administration and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) regarding its handling of a bridge project over the Intracoastal Waterway in South Baldwin County.

Stadthagen526 Alabama News
House Majority Ldr Stadthagen vows ban on minors at drag shows in 2024 — 'You're grooming these kids, you're trying to make them somebody and accept something that is not acceptable'

The window for the passage of proposed legislation prohibiting minors from attending drag shows has passed for the Alabama Legislature in 2023.

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