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Givhan Alabama News
State Sen. Givhan skeptical of high poll numbers for gambling expansion — Constituents 'very specific,' 'They want a lottery'

Last week, during a press conference unveiling a comprehensive gambling bill and constitutional amendment, State Reps. Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City), Andy Whitt (R-Harvest), Sam Jones (D-Mobile) and State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore) touted polling data from KAConsulting showing broad support for their effort.

Givhan Alabama News
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.

Givhan Alabama News
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.

West Alabama Corridor Alabama News
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.

Ainsworth1210 Alabama News
Ainsworth: Grocery tax elimination 'hopefully' in the next three to four years

Lieutenant Gov. Will Ainsworth said last week he was committed to a full repeal of Alabama's share of the grocery tax.

Will Ainsworth Alabama News
Lt. Gov. Ainsworth predicts potential 'big upset' for Auburn in Iron Bowl against Alabama

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show," Ainsworth said Auburn could have a "big upset" against in-state rival Alabama on November 25.

Arthur Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr: 'I would not be surprised to see some sort of school choice legislation passed in the next session'

Orr said he anticipated "some sort of school choice legislation" making it through the Alabama Legislature in 2024.

Montgomery Skyline Alabama News
'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).

Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr says BCA, other business community players now behind Medicaid expansion push

Medicaid expansion proponents have a new ally in their effort, according to State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur).

Givhan Alabama News
State Sen. Givhan: Prattville HS, other classroom 'divisive concepts' situations making the case for school choice

State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) warned school choice opponents that some deviations from the set curriculum, including an assignment for 10th graders at Prattville High School revealed last week, will strengthen the argument for school choice in Alabama.

Yarbrough123 Alabama News
Freshman State Rep. Yarbrough says medical freedom, school choice top his list of legislative priorities

In one of his first interviews since winning the election for who will represent House District 7 in the Alabama Legislature, State Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R-Trinity) said he was sticking to campaign pledges and putting medical freedom and school choice at the top of his list of priorities.

Givhan Alabama News
State Sen. Givhan: Expect movement on legislation to change how state health officer is selected

The turnover in the Alabama Legislature headed into the new quadrennium, combined with new leadership in the House of Representatives, has made State House expectations somewhat of a wildcard for 2023 and beyond.

Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr: If the people of Alabama want school choice, they certainly need to speak out to help move that needle

With now-former State Rep. Charlotte Meadows' (R-Montgomery) loss on Tuesday and the retirement of long-time former State Sen. Del Marsh (R-Anniston), the future of a school choice bill making it through the Alabama Legislature in the future is very unclear.

AL Senate Orr Arthur Alabama News
State Sen. Orr predicts both tax cuts, rebate — 'So much depends on where we are with the economy in March'

Lawmakers have been mixed in their public comments about what to do with a $2 billion budget surplus.

AP167445531997 Alabama News
State Sen. Orr: Legislature could move to require more transparency from public school systems on personnel matters

While the fallout from a Huntsville middle school teacher's drag queen performances still is playing out, Huntsville City Schools has remained tight-lipped on the situation, claiming they were "limited" in what they can share because it was a personnel matter.

Ledbetter Alabama News
House Majority Ldr Ledbetter: School choice 'something we need to look at'

House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) hinted he was open to school choice in the upcoming legislative session.

AL Senate Orr Arthur Alabama News
State Sen. Orr says Alabama, Auburn fight against the legislature on the horizon over school autonomy

According to State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), chairman of the House Education Trust Fund Budget Committee, Auburn University and the University of Alabama could be working to oppose the legislature's authority over the two schools.

Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr suggests 'second look' at 2019 abortion ban but says law ultimately up to constituents

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show," State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), who is an attorney, said the legislature would have to take a "second look" at the law.

Scofield Alabama News
State Senate Majority Leader Scofield downplays ARPA special session possibility – 'Not sure that there’s a whole lot of rush'

During an interview with Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Yaffee Program," State Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) argued there was no urgency for a special session before the 2023 regular session.