News & Updates
With only a few weeks left, Speaker McCutcheon says state budgets, redistricting and prisons are the priorities for remainder of Session.
Governor Resigns. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey sworn in.
Scofield's Alabama Rural Broadband Act passes Senate
Prison Construction Bill Scaled Back
Alabama moves a step closer to ending judicial override on death penalty cases.
Nathaniel Ledbetter elected new House Majority Leader
Representative Ainsworth introduces term limits bill.
Resolution to Impeach the Governor introduced in House
A prison construction plan, removing the sales tax on groceries, and a pay-raise for state employees among Governor's agenda.
Marshall County citizens and local officials gather to celebrate the completion of $5.1 million bridge.
Rep. Will Ainsworth and District Attorney Steve Marshall host cookout to honor members
A guide to understanding the amendments that will appear on the November ballot
Local Delegation split on support
Any changes made by the House would send the Bill back to Senate.
A total of 1,005 Bills were introduced; 574 House Bills and 431 Senate Bills. 277 of those Bills became law. Some of the key accomplishments are outlined here.
HB123 will provide wireless networks for schools
Incentives authorized for businesses who hire an Alabama resident or certain unemployed veterans
The constitutional amendment would protect Alabama's state parks from the administrative transfers that have affected their budgets over the past few years. This gives Alabamians the ability to go to the polls and voice their support for our state parks.
Resolution will create a committee to explore allegations of wrong-doing.
The Alabama Legislature passed a General Fund Budget in February that would level-fund most agencies next year.
Rep. Will Ainsworth introduces HB501 dealing with recalling politicians in Alabama.
Conservative Alabama Legislators Ask Colleagues to "Stop the Gas Tax"
The bill will increase the penalties in certain instances of child abuse.
Passage of the Constitutional Amendment would require officials to make retirement contributions from their paychecks.
The Alabama House has approved a Constitutional Amendment that would reaffirm Alabama as a "right to work" state.
Alabama House approves the Unborn Infants Dignity of Life Act which would prevent the sale of the remains of unborn children within the state.
Lawmakers face difficult decisions on paying for state services.
Senate "Gang of Nine" voted against every tax increase.
Governor's proposals includes raising at least $260 million a year in taxes as well as budget reform measures
"There are a number of us that have laid our political lives on the line to stop taxes....but I feel like there are too many people in office right now who have succumbed to this idea that the government needs more of your hard-earned income."
Rep. Will Ainsworth issues statement reassuring his commitment to no tax increases.
Senator will provide free charter bus transportation to take local WWII vets to the 70th Annual Victory Day Celebration in Huntsville on August 10th.
To make it convenient for you to stay up to date on the latest state news stories, Ainsworth offers free news clips.
Legislators comment on the Special Session which begins Monday.
"I'm looking forward to working to tackle the fiscal issues facing our state."
Governor vetoed the proposed 2016 state budget, requiring legislators to go into a special session to tackle the issue
The legislature passed both budgets before adjourning. The General Fund budget is level-funded based on conditionals - if it receives additional revenue. The Education budget is fully funded and includes increases in classroom spending.
A bipartisan group of State Representatives coming together to focus on issues that specifically face Alabamians in rural areas
HB 28 would mandate jail time for people convicted of vandalism to a church and provide for restitution to the Church before court fees and fines.
Get a copy of the Marshall County Ballot for the General Election
On Nov. 4th, voters will see five proposed statewide Constitutional Amendments on their ballots. Read the ballot language as well as explanations offered for each amendment.
October 30th is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot.
In response to acts of terrorism committed against the United States, and in an effort to ensure the safety of citizens, Congress passed the REAL-ID Act of 2005. To comply with that act, the Alabama Department of Public Safety has developed a driver license and identification program called STAR I.D
The Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Dual Enrollment Tax Credit, which is available for Alabama individuals and businesses that contribute cash to the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education for qualifying educational expenses directly associated with the state's Career-Technical Dual Enrollment Program.
A link to a complete list of polling locations for Marshall County.
Under new law approved by the legislature, poll workers will require voters to show a photo identification on June 3rd.
Law makes it a capital offense when a murder is committed in violation of a pre-existing protection order.
The AL House passes Kellys Law, and a package of bills that will reform Alabama's taxpayer-funded public assistance programs. Legislators Adjourn.
General Fund and Education Budgets delayed until after spring; Carly's Law passes; repeal of Common Core unlikely with only 3 days left in session.
The Alabama House has passed Carly's Law and approves $1 million medical study on marijuana-derived oil.
Alabama Legislators pass restrictive Abortion laws
House passes a $1.83 billion General Fund Budget. Drug testing welfare recipients focus of Senate debate.
" Alabama remains firmly in control of our public schools" per our State School Superintendent Tommy Bice
A General Fund Budget was passed out of committee and goes to the House. Committees hold public hearings on abortion and removing the Sales tax on groceries.
Alabama will hold its third annual sales tax holiday, beginning Friday, February 21,2014 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, February 23,2014 at 12 midnight.
Gun maker Remington Outdoor Co. to open manufacturing plant, and employ about 2,000 people in Huntsville.
A busy week in the Alabama Legislature with many bills seeing passage.
Animal shelters, property rights, sunset bills and committee actions top the week in the legislature
Although winter weather hampered the legislative session early in the week, a number of bills saw passage before the week was out, including a bill that which would make an alcohol-related death caused by boating under the influence subject to the same penalties as alcohol-related deaths caused by driving any other vehicle.
Governor Bentley declares state of emergency due to propane gas shortage
Adoption tax credit, protecting rights of healthcare workers, establishing a Fair Ballot Commission among bills passed this week.
House passes tax-reform bills in the first week of the new legislative session.
The 2014 Regular Session of the Alabama convenes on January 14th. Budgets, workforce development and tax relief for businesses are among the priorities.
Alabama's Photo Voter ID requirement will go into effect for the state Primary Election in June 2014. Assistance to help people obtain cards will commence in December.
Senator Clay Scofield is named among the seven most conservative Alabama legislators.
The Alabama Police Benevolent Association presents an award to Senator Scofield.
Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard announced that he has appointed Rep. Randall Shedd to serve as a member of both the House Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure Committee and the House County and Municipal Government Committee.
Lawmakers from four counties seek updated information and strategy for the four-lane completion of Highway 278 which all agree would be an economic boost to the region.
Guntersville is preparing for the 44th annual Bassmaster Classic to blast off February 21-23 next year. There will be thousands of people in town for the first time, so there’s a big effort underway to make sure the community is ready to welcome them.
Representative Long accepting requests
Representative Long shares Summary of 2013 Legislative Session
The legislature continues to deliver on sweeping reforms, promoting job creation, and protecting citizen's rights and values.
Long passes bill to establish state board and trust fund to help fund aquatic plant management programs
The Alabama Legislature Has Passed Some Significant Pieces of Legislation
Read the Alabama School Flexibility and Accountability Act
This bill allows more flexibility for local schools, gives students in failing schools new options and creates tax credits for those wishing to donate to organizations providing scholarships for students to attend non-failing public or non-public schools
In this article from the Council on State Governments, the effect of federal budget cuts and how it will impact state revenues is outlined
A bill to re-pay money borrowed from the Alabama Trust Fund is the first bill passed in new legislative session.
Disabled and over 65 taxpayers who qualify for an exemption from ad valorem taxes will have until January 31st to document their eligibility according to an order from the State Department of Revenue. The form and supporting documents can be submitted by mail.
How will Congress' actions affect the State?
A "yes" vote on Amendment 4 removes the following language from the Alabama Constitution.
The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot is 5 days before the election
There will be 11 state-wide Constitutional Amendments on the ballot in the General Election, and one local amendment.
Statewide Amendment 9 and Amendment 10 were proposed by the Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission to clean up Article 12 on Corporations and Article 13 on Banking.
Rep. Wes Long says voters have trusted lawmakers to keep their word and repay money borrowed from the trust fund.
New website gives citizens an opportunity to express what's important to you.
Internships available for 2013
Beginning Jan. 1, it will be easier for authorities to enforce new fines for driving without liability car insurance.
Keep Alabama Working Campaign helps educate voters on what is at stake in the Constitutional Amendment
Read the entire Opinion here.
After cutting more than half a billion dollars from state budgets since 2010 and passing reforms that will save billions over the next 30 years, more money is needed to bridge the financial gap. The Compromise Budget Plan which will be on the ballot on September 18th doesn't raise taxes; avoids teacher layoffs; and prevents cuts that would force the release of prisoners and have critical effects on hospitals and nursing home programs.
Lawmakers passed reforms to help create jobs, reign in spending and give communities tools to improve education.
Legislature proposed plan in special session to balance State General Fund Budget.
Created by a Constitutional Act ratified in 1985, the Alabama Trust Fund is a savings account funded by revenues from oil and gas leases in the gulf.
Review all the Constitutional Amendments to be voted on this year
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Birmingham News Editorial
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The Legislative Leadership plans to continue progress with the following job-growth proposals.
State's unemployment rolls drop by 1.7 percent since August
In response to a set of questions posed by the Alabama Association of School Boards, the Ethics Commission makes no distinction in its Opinion between elected officials, legislators, teachers or public employees, saying that gifts of de minimus value are allowed under the law.
"Our commitment to Combat Illegal Immigration" by House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh
Alabama’s Republican Leaders yesterday previewed an ambitious agenda for the upcoming legislative session focused on jumpstarting private sector job growth, improving our schools through education reform and making state government more efficient.
Memo explains measures taken in this year's $5.59 billion Education Budget
Report outlines concerns about a looming crisis in the state's employment compensation and retirement programs.
Where to find information and answers regarding changes for state employees and teachers
Most sections of Immigration Law are upheld (see court ruling).
Input is sought from interested citizens and groups relating to redrawing Congressional and School Board District lines. (Schedule available here).
A bill that would require drug testing of Alabama welfare applicants is being prepared for the 2012 legislative session
Federal Judge Sharon Blackburn will issue detailed opinions and orders on the motion for preliminary injunction no later than September 28th.
Local legislators say drug testing bill will save taxpayers.
A list of the 296 bills passed in the 2011 Legislative Session which were signed by the Governor
The 2011 Legislation Session has been labeled as one of the most productive sessions in Alabama's history
Legislature passes every bill promised in the "Handshake with Alabama"
Bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks
Alabama has passed one of the strongest immigration laws in the country.
The FY2012 Education Budget passed the House on Tuesday, April 12.
Following the December Special Session called by outgoing Governor Bob Riley, Alabama now has some of the strongest ethics and anti-corruption laws in the country.