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Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton: Gambling legislation has 70% chance of passing

Gambling legislation has a good chance of passing the Senate if it hits the floor, according to Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro).

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State Sen. Givhan: Not 'anywhere close' to enough votes to pass gambling in Senate

Despite speculation about the effort in the House to pass comprehensive gambling legislation, State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) still sees it as a long shot in 2024.

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State Sen. Givhan doubtful stand-alone lottery, casino gambling bill will pass in 2024

Though some are pointing to 2024 as the year some type of gambling or lottery bill is passed, State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) has his doubts.

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Moms for Liberty Alabama seeks legislative action on sexually explicit books — 'Not the role of the librarian to provide children with books containing pornographic images'

The Alabama Chapter for Moms For Liberty (MFL) recently sent a letter to state legislators, asking them to intervene in the ongoing saga over sexually explicit books for minors.

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State Sen. Givhan: Bill changing State Health Officer appointment coming in 2024, despite recent ADPH rule change

State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) says he still plans to file a bill changing the appointment method of the State Health Officer despite a recent administrative rule passed by the Alabama Department of Public Health limiting the emergency powers of the State Health Officer.

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State Sens. Weaver, Givhan, Kelley receive new committee roles for remaining 2023-2026 quadrennium

State Senate leadership announced new committee appointments for State Sens. April Weaver (R-Brierfield), Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) and Keith Kelley (R-Anniston) on Thursday. 

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State Sen. Givhan wants fast-track farming, landscaping tech programs in Alabama

Following a recent tour of an agriculture program at Virginia Tech, one Alabama lawmaker says he wants to see something similar at Auburn University.

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State Sen. Givhan: Biden admin trying to ‘gin up strife’ with Auburn, Alabama A&M funding criticism

Has the federal government found one more excuse to sue Alabama?

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State Sen. Givhan on BSC lawsuit: 'Ask Baldwin Bridge Company how that worked out when they sued John Cooper'

Birmingham-Southern College's lawsuit against the State of Alabama for being denied a $30 million loan from a program passed by the Alabama Legislature this year by State Treasurer Young Boozer has at least one skeptic.

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Legislators approve plan for new State House

Members of the Legislative Council on Tuesday unanimously approved contracting with the Retirement Systems of Alabama to design and build a new State House in Montgomery.

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Negotiations between legislators and RSA continue on new State House

Members of the Legislative Council approved a resolution to begin negotiating a lease agreement for a new State House with the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) in July.

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State Sen. Givhan: West Alabama Corridor 'about politics': 'What it's going to take for them to vote for the gas tax'

Speculation is rampant as to why Gov. Kay Ivey's Alabama Department of Transportation, under the leadership of director John Cooper, is willing to spend in excess of $1 billion of federally unmatched state gas tax revenue on the so-called West Alabama Corridor project.

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State Health Officer Scott Harris salary tops $328,000 after 7% raise

Despite making controversial statements earlier this year and being under the scrutiny of some Republican lawmakers, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris is getting a raise. 

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State Sen. Givhan predicts 5-4 SCOTUS decision in Alabama's favor on redistricting

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show" on Thursday, Givhan said he predicted an eventual 5-4 ruling for Alabama, which could keep the legislature's current congressional maps in place.

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Former State Rep. Sorrell, State Sen. Givhan lead Club for Growth 2022 legislative scorecard; Democrats receive lowest scores in both houses

Club For Growth Foundation, the conservative advocacy organization dedicated to economic growth and limited government, recently released its 2022 Alabama economic scorecard.

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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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Givhan says bill reining in State Health Officer power about accountability — 'State health department is not accountable to the people whatsoever'

Last week, off-the-cuff remarks given by State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris at a University of Alabama at Birmingham event breathed new life into legislation offered by State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) to reform the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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State Sen. Givhan: State Health Officer bill has ‘some momentum right now’

Recent comments by Alabama's State Health Officer Scott Harris regarding transgender laws have breathed new life into legislation changing how the state health officer role is appointed.

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'What is the big boogeyman with the state retirement system owning it?': State Sen. Givhan pushes RSA-owned statehouse proposal

The leading proposal for a new building to house the state government's legislative branch appears to involve a public-private partnership between the State of Alabama and the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA).

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Bill to acquire more land for possible new State House passes Senate

A bill that would place more land next to the current Alabama State House under legislative control for possible construction of a new State House passed the Senate on Thursday.

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Anti-ESG legislation passes Senate committee

Legislation by State Sen. Dan Roberts (R-Mountain Brook) that prohibits state contracts with businesses that boycott certain sectors of the economy based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies passed the Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday.

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Bill changing how State Health Officer is appointed has been ‘gutted,’ Givhan says

State Sen. Sam Givhan's (R-Huntsville) bill to make the state health officer an appointed position by the Governor has been “gutted,” he said, by “key figures” in the legislature.

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Anti-shoplifting bill passes Senate committee

Legislation that creates new crime categories and penalties specifically for retail theft and organized retail theft passed the Senate Judiciary committee on Wednesday. 

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‘Game Plan’ package signed into law despite concerns over new tourism incentives

Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a package of economic incentives bills on Thursday.

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Givhan legislation would give governor authority to appoint State Health Officer, require governor approval for 'an emergency rule'

Legislation that would make Alabama’s State Health Officer appointed by the Governor rather than the State Committee of Public Health was filed on Wednesday.

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$1 billion ARPA spending legislation passes House, Senate

Amended legislation appropriating $1.06 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding passed both the House and Senate on Thursday.

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Lt. Gov. Ainsworth calls for state grocery tax reduction — 'We must take action now'

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth said on Friday that he was working on legislation to reduce the state’s grocery tax.

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