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Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Sen. Rodger Smitherman: Birmingham-Southern – a $30 million investment for a $2 billion return

Why did legislators decide to provide a $30 million loan to BSC? The answer is simple.

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State Sen. Waggoner: Revised Birmingham-Southern College loan bill ‘hopefully’ up for Senate vote next week

A bill that would make another attempt at getting a $30 million loan to Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) will likely be considered in the Senate next week. 

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Bill eliminating taxpayer-funded DEI departments in Alabama filed in State Senate

State Sen. Will Barfoot (R-Pike Road) filed legislation banning taxpayer-funded Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) departments in Alabama on Tuesday.

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New Birmingham-Southern College bill removes State Treasurer Young Boozer as loan administrator

New legislation filed by State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) on Tuesday would replace Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer as the administrator of a $30 million loan program designed to bail out Birmingham-Southern College.

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Birmingham-Southern president Daniel Coleman confident ‘that, at a minimum, we will complete the academic year’

Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) will likely stay open until at least the end of the 2024 spring semester after possibly securing additional funding from the city of Birmingham and other sources, according to BSC president Daniel Coleman. 

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Medical Cannabis Commission chairman denies Politico report claiming legislature could 'scrap' medical marijuana licensing program

Despite legal setbacks and rumors of an overhaul, major changes to Alabama's medical cannabis licensing process likely won't happen during the upcoming legislative session next February.

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State Sen. Rodger Smitherman: Birmingham-Southern shutting down ‘would be a disaster for us’

Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) closing would be a disaster for Birmingham and Jefferson County, according to State Sen. Rodger Smitherman (D-Birmingham).

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Plaintiffs in lawsuit disagree over Alabama redistricting solutions

Plaintiffs in the redistricting lawsuit against Alabama disagree on which type of congressional map a federal court should force the state to adopt for the 2024 elections if the map passed by Republicans last week in a special session is thrown out.

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Two Democrats dominate Republican supermajority-led Alabama State Senate in 2023

The Alabama State Senate is assumed to be one of the most conservative legislatures in the country, boasting a 27-to-8 Republican supermajority.

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House, Senate approve capped tax-free overtime bill

Amended legislation that excludes all overtime pay by hourly public and private workers in Alabama was passed the House and Senate on Thursday.

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Bill formerly known as the 'Gang' Prevention Act passes Senate

Amended legislation adding enhanced penalties for offenders involved in “criminal enterprises” passed the Alabama Senate unanimously on Wednesday.

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Bill would raise penalties for gang-related crime — 'Has nothing to do with race,' says State Sen. Barfoot

Legislation that would establish enhanced penalties for gang-related crimes “has nothing to do with race” despite claims to the contrary from some Senate Democrats, according to State Sen. Will Barfoot (R-Pike Road).

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Alabama House, Senate pass bills increasing penalties for drag racing, reckless driving

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday to increase penalties for exhibition driving, which has been an ongoing issue for cities like Birmingham over the past year.

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Woodfin, Birmingham-area legislators back bills for more penalties against ‘exhibition driving’

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and a handful of state legislators announced their intention on Tuesday morning to back a bill in the upcoming legislative session in spring 2023, which seeks to impose higher penalties on reckless driving activities. 

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National anthem bill creates fireworks in Alabama Senate

The Alabama Senate Education Policy Committee on Wednesday passed a controversial piece of legislation that would require Alabama’s...

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Senate Committee advances bill to exempt COVID relief from state income tax

The Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee gave a favorable report to a bill that would free Alabamians who received...

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Senate passes ARPA funds bill

The Alabama Senate passed a bill distributing $772 million of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to various state and local...

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State appealing court decision on redistricting; chair of reapportionment react

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) is appealing a decision by a federal court that would require the legislature to draw a...

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The Alabama Farmers Federation announces more legisaltive endorsements

The Alabama Farmers Federation, the state’s largest farm group, announced another round of legislative endorsements as Republican qualifying...

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Senate approves two bills on vaccine mandates

By Brandon Moseley The Alabama Senate approved two pieces of legislation Tuesday that would severely limit the ability of employers...

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Alabama Senate meets for the first day of the 2021 special session

By Brandon Moseley The Alabama State Senate met for Day One of the second 2021 special session, called by Alabama Governor. Kay Ivey...