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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The longest serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives has died. 

House spokesman Clay Redden confirms in a statement that state Rep. Ron Johnson, of Sylacauga, died Tuesday of complications from liver cancer. Johnson was 76.

Johnson had served in the House since 1978, representing District 33 which includes parts of Clay, Coosa and Talladega counties.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to replace a central Alabama legislator who announced she is resigning to take a position with the Trump administration. 

Rep. April Weaver of House District 49, consisting of Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties, announced her resignation last week. Ivey said the primary election for the seat will be held Aug. 4. A primary runoff, if needed, will be held Sept. 1.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A member of the Alabama House of Representatives says she is resigning to join the Trump administration. 

Rep. April Weaver announced her resignation in a statement Tuesday. Weaver says she is quitting to accept a position with President Donald Trump's administration, but she didn't elaborate. She says she is excited to be able to use her skills and experience on a national level.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday approved a $1.25 billion bond issue for school construction in the largest capital improvement project in more than a decade. 

The House of Representatives voted 68-5 for the bond issue to fund capital improvement projects at public schools, universities and two-year colleges. 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will not vote on controversial proposals that would limit the state health officer’s powers to order closures and give immunity to companies for coronavirus-related lawsuits. 

The bills are expected to return in the next legislative session after this one was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have resumed a shortened legislative session focused on state budgets. 

Legislators had taken a nearly two month break during the COVID-19 outbreak but returned to Montgomery to pass state budgets and a few other bills.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Alabama House of Representatives is urging  lawmakers to wait until summer to pass state budgets, for both safety and fiscal concerns. 

House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels said in a press conference that it is difficult to craft a budget when the state is still trying to assess the pandemic’s impact  on revenue, small businesses, schools and other factors.  

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A medical marijuana bill cleared its first floor vote in the Alabama Legislature as advocates hope to make headway after years of setbacks.

Senators voted 22-11 for the bill that now heads to the House of Representatives.

The measure would allow people with a doctor's recommendation to use medical marijuana for 15 conditions — including cancer, anxiety and chronic pain. It also would let them purchase cannabis products at one of 34 licensed dispensaries.

The sponsor of the legislation said he's optimistic about its chances. 

Right now in Alabama, people accused with some of the most serious crimes in the state are allowed out on bail. One state senator is working to keep violent offenders who are charged with these crimes locked up longer. But, in this journalism collaboration with the commercial news team at WVUA23-TV, some say there are unintended consequences in what seems like a law and order issue.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill named for a slain college student that would allow judges to deny bond to people accused of committing violent crimes. 

Representatives unanimously approved the proposed constitutional amendment, and accompanying enabling legislation.  The bills now move to the Alabama Senate. 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposal to ban transgender students from playing on sports teams of the gender they identify with drew criticism during a public hearing in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Rep. Chris Pringle said his bill would require student athletes to compete under the gender assigned at their birth. The bill is titled the Gender Is Real Legislative Act, or GIRL Act.

Carmarion D. Anderson, Alabama state director of the Human Rights Campaign, said the bill discriminates against transgender individuals for a problem that doesn't exist.  

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A proposal in the Alabama Legislature would prohibit cities from enacting new occupational taxes without approval of lawmakers.

The House of Representatives voted 74-27 Tuesday to approve the bill that now moves to the Alabama Senate. The measure comes as the city of Montgomery explores the possibility of creating a 1% occupational tax.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster announced Monday that he's running for Alabama Supreme Court.

Ward said he will run for associate justice in 2020. This is his first run for statewide office. The seat is currently held by Justice Greg Shaw.

A prominent member of the Alabama Senate, Ward is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is best known for spearheading prison and criminal justice reform efforts and advocating for the autism community.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Rep. Jimmy Martin, a longtime member of the Alabama Legislature, has died. He was 80.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's office said the Clanton lawmaker died Friday morning after being diagnosed with cancer.

House members held a moment of silence Friday morning to remember Martin.

House Republicans issued a statement recalling Martin as a reassuring friend who offered encouragement to legislators of both parties. They said Martin was devoted to his district and a valuable source of institutional knowledge.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers could make changes to medical marijuana legislation after the bill hit opposition in the House.

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said last week he expects lawmakers to create a study commission instead of legalizing the use of medical marijuana this session.

The Alabama Senate earlier this month voted 17-6 for a bill that would allow patients with certain medical conditions to purchase medical marijuana with a doctor's approval.

The House Health Committee has scheduled a Tuesday morning public hearing on the bill.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lottery bill is defunct for the legislative session, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.

"It's dead for this session. It won't be coming back this session," said Republican Rep. Steve Clouse, who was shepherding the bill in the House of Representatives.

The bill hit a politically fatal mix of conservative opposition to gambling and longstanding feuds over electronic gambling and how to use lottery revenue. Clouse said they do not have the 63 bipartisan votes needed to pass the measure in the 105-member House of Representatives.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has approved legislation that seeks to end the state's status as one of two states without an equal pay for equal work law.

Representatives voted 98-0 Wednesday for the bill by Rep. Adline Clarke of Mobile. It now moves to the Alabama Senate.

The bill would prohibit businesses from paying workers less than employees of another race or gender without reasons to account for the difference. Those reasons could include seniority, a merit system or productivity measures.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has delayed a vote on an effort to ban the use of handheld cellphones while driving.

Representatives on Tuesday postponed a vote in order to work on amendments.

Under the bill, drivers would not be allowed to hold a phone or use any other part of their body to support the device. A person could use steering wheel controls or a headset to use the phone but only if it does not require more than one touch of a button.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A House of Representatives committee has advanced legislation that seeks to end Alabama's status as one of two states without an equal pay for equal work law.

The House Commerce and Small Business Committee on Tuesday approved the bill by Rep. Adline Clarke of Mobile.

It would prohibit businesses from paying workers less than employees of another race or gender without reasons such as seniority, a merit system or productivity to account for the difference.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a pay raise for correctional officers as Alabama faces a federal court order to increase prison staff.

Representatives voted 92-0 Tuesday night to give officers a 5% pay increase, expand bonuses and create a payout program for unused annual leave.

Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa said the changes could add up to about $10,000 in more pay for officers.

A federal judge has ordered the department to add about 2,200 correctional officers.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw almost all abortions in the state as conservatives took aim at the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 74-3 for legislation that would make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage in a woman's pregnancy. The proposal passed after Democrats walked out of the chamber after sometimes emotional debate with opponents and supporters crowding the gallery. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawmakers are headed to a vote on lottery legislation next week, as supporters aim to change Alabama's status as one of the few states without the games.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on one of two rival lottery proposals introduced this session. Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh said his hope is to get a bill before the full Senate on Thursday. If a bill is approved by both chambers, the proposal would go before Alabama voters.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday advanced one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation, a measure that would make performing an abortion a felony with almost no exceptions.

The House Health Committee voted to send the bill to the House of Representatives floor. The vote came after a sometimes emotional public hearing as women on both sides described their past decisions with abortion and opponents protested outside the Statehouse.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are set to hold a public hearing Wednesday on legislation before a House committee that seeks to outlaw almost all abortions in the state, what critics call one of the most extremely anti-abortion proposals in the country.

The bill would make performing an abortion a felony, punishable between 10 and 99 years in prison, although a woman would not be charged for having the procedure under the proposal.

State Lawmaker Passes Away

Mar 27, 2019

A sitting Alabama lawmaker died Wednesday morning. 

Dmitri Polizos was the state representative for District 74 in Montgomery. On Tuesday afternoon he suffered a heart attack in his home. Polizos passed the next day. He was 68.

Polizos worked in the  Montgomery County Commission from 2004 until winning the 74th District Seat in a 2013 special election. He was re-elected in 2014 and 2018. Polizos ran as a Republican all three times.

The Alabama House of Representatives will soon vote on a proposed 10 cent-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax.

House members will debate the bill Friday. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon says he expects lawmakers to vote on the bill Friday after a lengthy debate.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is proposing a 10-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase to fund road and bridge construction. The increase would be phased in over three years. The proposal would also place an annual fee of $200 on electric vehicles and $100 on hybrid vehicles.

An Alabama legislator and a lobbyist who once chaired the Alabama Republican Party are scheduled to appear in federal court later today on conspiracy charges.

Alabama Republican Representative Jack D. Williams of Vestavia Hills and lobbyist Marty Connors are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in federal court in Montgomery.

The two were arrested earlier this month, along with G. Ford Gilbert of California, on conspiracy to commit bribery and mail fraud charges.

Lawmakers Stretch Session Into Thursday

Mar 29, 2018

Alabama lawmakers are stretching out this year's legislative session as tensions and disagreements on Wednesday derailed what they hoped would be their final meeting day.

Legislators abandoned a plan to conclude the session Wednesday as a number of measures had not reached final passage by late evening. They are returning to the State House Thursday morning.

"I think everybody — with clearer heads, at nine in the morning, making reasonable decisions— we'll still end up with a good session," said Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh.

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Alabama's first openly gay legislator bid farewell to the House of Representatives on Tuesday evening.

Representative Patricia Todd, a Democrat from Birmingham, will not seek re-election after serving 12 years in the state House.

Todd said on the House floor that her colleagues are "incredible, beautiful people" who all treated her with equality, even though some she thought she "would never get along with or like."

Alabama lawmakers are expected to conclude the legislative session this week.

Legislators plan to adjourn Wednesday after a flurry of last-minute work. Lawmakers will put the final touches on the education budget. They could also vote on an ethics law exemption, juvenile justice reform and other bills.

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