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Gov. Ivey signs medical marijuana legislation

May 17, 2021
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Medical marijuana is officially legal in Alabama after Gov. Kay Ivey signed it into law on Monday.

People with qualifying medical conditions can now purchase medical marijuana with the recommendation of a doctor. Some of the qualifying conditions include cancer, terminal illness, depression, epilepsy, panic disorder and chronic pain.

Alabama considering expanding alcohol shipping rules

May 7, 2021
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Alabama’s alcohol industry is gearing up for a new way to reach customers. Stores that sell beer, wine, and spirits will be able to use delivery services like Shipt or Grub Hub to deliver orders to private homes. Out of state alcohol merchants may soon be able do the same thing with FEDEX or U-P-S. Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill allowing the home delivery of alcohol from Alabama businesses. The out of state delivery bill is still under consideration. Daniel Dye is with Alabama’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

 

A bill has been passed by the Alabama Legislature that would create a database that would track disciplinary actions and excessive force complaints against police officers.

State Rep. Chris England said the proposal is aimed at weeding out "bad apples" in the profession.

It is now brought to Gov. Kay Ivey to sign into law.

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A bill that would ban transgender girls from playing on female sports teams is on its way to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's desk.

The Alabama Legislature passed a bill on Thursday that would prohibit K-12 schools from letting anyone who is a "biological male" to participate on a female team.

The governor has given no indication on whether or not she will sign the bill.

Sweet potato could be Alabama's official state vegetable

Apr 15, 2021
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Alabama might soon name the sweet potato as its official state vegetable.

The Alabama Legislature approved the bill 94-4 on Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey.

The state already has an official state fruit, bird and amphibian.

The idea to name the state vegetable came from a Harvest homeschool class.

Alabama protest bill draws criticism, gets delayed

Mar 10, 2021
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Alabama lawmakers delayed acting on an anti-riot bill that would create harsher penalties for people participating in "tumultuous" protests.

The House Judiciary Committee sent the bill to a subcommittee on Tuesday after Black lawmakers raised concerns about the bill's vague language when defining riot. The same legislators recalled the state's history of using police dogs, fire hoses and arrests to break up civil rights protests.

Bill would ban drug treatment for transgender kids

Feb 10, 2021
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The Alabama Legislature is considering a bill that would make it illegal to treat transgender youth with hormonal therapy, puberty blockers and surgery to aid transition. Violations would be a felony.

Advocacy groups are opposing the bill saying it will prevent doctors from providing the best medical care to transgender youth.

Alabama is one of eight states that has similar legislation being pushed by conservative lawmakers who argue decisions on treatment should wait until adulthood.

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Alabama’s League of Women Voters is ready to advocate for its agenda in the State Legislature. Lawmakers are set to convene for its 2021 session tomorrow.

The league was founded in 1920 after the women’s suffrage movement. Its mission is to empower voters to defend democracy.

Barbara Caddell is the President of the League in Alabama. She said one of the group's most important goals this year is encouraging government transparency.

Alabama political scientist Bill Stewart dies at 80

Jan 5, 2021
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A retired University of Alabama political scientist died at the age of 80 on Sunday. 

William H. "Bill" Stewart Jr. taught at Alabama for over 40 years and mentored both students and state politicians. 

The Hartselle native was known as an authority on Alabama history and politics in the news. 

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former powerful Alabama House speaker has reported to jail to begin a four-year prison sentence for his 2016 ethics conviction.

Mike Hubbard reported Friday to a county detention center to begin the sentence after an  unsuccessful effort to overturn his conviction. The Alabama Supreme Court this spring overturned five of the counts in Hubbard’s ethics convictions while upholding six others.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two of Alabama’s major industrial incentives that the state used to recruit businesses will expire later this year without legislative action, raising the possibility that lawmakers could be called back to Montgomery for a special session. 

The Alabama Jobs Act, which provides tax credits and rebates to new industries,  expires on Dec. 31 and the Growing Alabama Act, which provides tax credits for donations to economic development organizations, expires Sept. 31.

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Officials say an Alabama lawmaker who was criticized for participating in a celebration marking the birthday of a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader has resigned from his position as pastor of a Baptist church.

News outlets report that Rep. Will Dismukes resigned as pastor of Prattville's Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Wednesday after drawing backlash over a Facebook post he shared showing him at a gathering to remember Nathan Bedford Forrest.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have agreed to give Gov. Kay Ivey a large amount of control over the state’s $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief funds. 

Lawmakers approved an executive amendment on a spending bill that deposits the money into several broad categories such as $300 million to reimburse state agencies for coronavirus expenses and $250 million to local governments.  

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MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are meeting for the final day of the legislative session amid a continuing dispute with Gov. Kay Ivey over how to use the state’s $1.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds. 

Lawmakers will decide whether to accept, or reject, Ivey’s executive amendment on a spending bill to broadly detail how all the COVID-19 funds should be used. The Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature have been in a tug-of-war over the funds.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking lawmakers to change a spending bill to detail how the state will spend more than  $1.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief fund. 

The Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature have been in a tug-of-war over control of the funds. Ivey wrote to legislators and told them she is returning the spending bill with an executive amendment to detail where the COVID-19 funds should be used.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (The Birmingham News) — The Alabama state legislature has approved nearly half a million dollars to investigate deaths from childbirth and pregnancy complications in the state. 

AL.com reports the money was approved in the state’s budget that awaits Gov. Kay Ivey's signature. It will fund a committee that is reviewing autopsies and medical records of women who died from childbirth complications.

 

Alabama lawmakers began the 2020 legislative session with several big-ticket items before them, including a prison overhaul, a possible state lottery and medical marijuana legislation.

But those issues fell by the wayside as the coronavirus outbreak interrupted the legislative session. 

Lawmakers passed state budgets, a bond issue for school construction and a prohibition on cities enacting occupational taxes without legislative approval.

 

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. 

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is blasting legislators for seizing control of the state’s coronavirus relief money.  

The governor challenged them to spend it wisely and said she won’t call a needed special session until they disclose their plans.

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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 Republican leader of the Alabama Senate on Tuesday said he would like to use a large portion of the state’s coronavirus relief funds to establish broadband through the state. 

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Tuesday that he hoped to put $800 million from an estimated $1.7 billion in federal relief dollars for broadband access.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state senator is expressing concern about plans to resume the legislative session in early May, saying it would put people at risk from coronavirus. 

Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile on Friday released a letter she wrote to Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh.  Figures said lawmakers should adjourn the session and return later in the year to approve state budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature will not resume the legislative session until early May because of the coronavirus outbreak.  

Legislative leaders announced they will push back the date for restarting legislative business from April 28 to May 4.  

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said lawmakers will prioritize passage of the two state budgets, as well as local bills, when they return.  

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have adjourned the 2020 legislative session until late April as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state neared 1,000. 

Lawmakers met briefly in Montgomery in order to approve the break until April 28. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said lawmakers will likely pass “bare bones” budgets when they return because of the economic uncertainty.

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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. 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that would ban gender therapies such as prescription hormones or gender confirmation surgery for minors.

The legislation would make it a felony for medical providers to prescribe puberty-blockers or hormones to anyone under age 19, or perform gender confirmation surgery on them. It passed 22-3 and now heads to the House of Representatives.

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) — Medical marijuana legislation that would allow people to be prescribed marijuana for 15 medical conditions, is headed to its first vote in the Alabama Legislature.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on the bill Wednesday and could vote the same day.  

The bill by Republican  Sen. Tim Melson would allow people to be prescribed medical marijuana  for certain conditions, including cancer, anxiety and chronic pain, and to purchase cannabis products at a dispensary licensed by the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission.

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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.

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