Alabama Legislation News

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Alabama Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Committee

By Brent Wilson on February 19, 2020

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 in favor of a bill filed by Tim Melson (R-Florence) called the Compassion Act which would legalize medical marijuana in the state of Alabama. One person…

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Committee on Governmental Affairs Considers Bill Eliminating Office of State Auditor

By Dakota Layton on February 18, 2020

On Tuesday, The Alabama Senate Committee on Governmental affairs considered a bill, SB83, sponsored by State Senator Andrew Jones (R-Centre) that would eliminate the Office of State Auditor in Alabama. The bill…

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Ted Cruz Responds To Mandatory Vasectomy Bill

By Dakota Layton on February 18, 2020

After Rep. Rolanda Hollis unveiled HB238, a bill that would require Alabama men to get a vasectomy once they reach 50 or father three children, former 2016 Presidential candidate and Senator, Ted Cruz (R-Texas),…

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Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth to Unveil Bill Shortening Appeals Process For Death Row Inmates

By Dakota Layton on February 17, 2020

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth will unveil legislation on Tuesday that would shorten the appeals process and “expedite” the appeals process for inmates convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. He will make…

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Hearing and Possible Vote on Medical Marijuana Bill Expected This Week

By Dakota Layton on February 17, 2020

On Wednesday, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to have a hearing on Senator Tim Melson’s medical marijuana bill, SB165. It is possible that the Senate will have a vote on the…

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Rep. Ginny Shaver Re-Introduces “Anti-Infanticide” Bill

By Dakota Layton on February 14, 2020

On Thursday, State Representative Ginny Shaver (R-Leesburg) filed a “born-alive” bill, HB248, known as “Gianna’s Law” named after Gianna Jessen, a survivor of an…

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Kay Ivey Makes Gambling Study Group Official

By Brent Wilson on February 14, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey on Friday signed Executive Order 719, which formed the Study Group for Gambling Policy. The Study Group is tasked with gathering detailed information to allow the governor, the Legislature, and the…

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AL Rep. John Rogers Thinks Cam Newton Is Gay

By Brent Wilson on February 13, 2020

John Rogers (D-Birmingham) seems to believe that Cam Newton is gay. This is after he first confused him as a transgender person. The comments came during a Committee hearing on HB35, a…

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Bill To Exempt Disabled Vets From Paying Issuance Fee On License Plates Passes Committee

By Dakota Layton on February 12, 2020

Under current Alabama law, disabled veterans have to pay an issuance fee of less than $10 (varies by county) when they renew their license plates. However, Rep. Rhett Marques (R-Enterprise) has authored a…

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AL House Passes Bill Limiting A Cities Ability To Levy Occupational Taxes

By Dakota Layton on February 12, 2020

On Tuesday, Alabama lawmakers voted 74-27 to pass Rep. Chris Sells (R-Greenville) bill, HB147, that would prohibit cities from enacting new occupational taxes without legislative permission from the state. In other words,…

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