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Monday, June 14, 2021

    Opinion: Legislative update from Rep. Randall Shedd

    "Major broadband legislation will be addressed again in my committee (House Urban & Rural Development) this coming week. A working group of legislators met with Governor Ivey this past week to make final changes to SB215 carried in the House by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville. This...

    Rep. Corey Harbison speaks on the recently filed HB622 bill

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Good Hope on Tuesday afternoon filed HB622, a bill that, if passed, would allow Cullman County voters to decide on a state constitutional amendment that would make the role of Cullman County Schools superintendent an elected, instead of...

    Cullman County Sheriff opposes elements of new pistol permit law, calls for local constitutional amendment

    CULLMAN, Ala. - Recently-passed Alabama House Bill 308 (HB308), the Alabama Uniform Concealed Carry Permit Act, makes changes to the way pistol permits are issued in the state of Alabama, including the creation of a lifetime permit and the allocation of a portion of...

    Mayor Woody Jacobs proclaims April Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Cullman

    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Wednesday, March 24 2021, Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs officially proclaimed the month of April 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the City of Cullman, challenging all citizens to observe SAAM by joining advocates and communities across the country in...

    Whitmire: Different year, same old fight, but a new champion for open government

       Alabama doesn’t function like other states on a lot of things, but especially when it comes to public records.  Last year, my colleague Amy Yurkanin had a question: How much was the University of Alabama at Birmingham paying a private company to recruit students from...

    Senate passes historic $7.6B Education Trust Fund budget

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate on Thursday passed the $7.67 billion Education Trust Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2022, the largest education budget in state history. The budget, SB189, sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, passed favorably out of the Senate Committee on...

    Sen. Gudger talks about lottery vote, new bills

     MONTGOMERY, Ala. - On Mar. 9, the Alabama State Senate considered a bill that would have opened the door for a citizens’ vote on a state lottery, as well as other forms of gambling. Though the measure got a majority vote of 19, it...

    Sen. Richard Shelby will not seek 7th term

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama on Monday announced that he will not seek a seventh term in office. Shelby, 86, has served in the U.S. Congress for 42 years, first elected to the the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979,...

    Alabama Senate passes legislation to protect against COVID-19 lawsuits

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. -  On Thursday, the first bill passed by the Alabama Senate was SB 30 by Senator Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, legislation to shield organizations and groups from lawsuits related to the pandemic.  Entities covered under this legislation include businesses, nonprofits, LLCs, health care...

    Trump pardons former Rep. Ed Henry

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Outgoing President Donald J. Trump granted pardons to 73 people and commuted the sentences of another 70 before leaving office Jan. 20, 2021. Among those pardoned are former Republican Alabama Rep. William “Ed” Henry, who pleaded guilty to one count of...