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Senate votes to scrap elected school board
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Senate votes to scrap elected school board

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill that would replace the elected state K-12 board of education with a new commission appointed by the governor passed unanimously out of the Senate on Thursday. If approved in the House and then Alabama voters, the constitutional amendment would be a monumental overhaul of...

House passes reading proficiency bill
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House passes reading proficiency bill

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed a bill to require schools to hold back for another year third-grade students who are not reading on grade level. The bill was debated for more than two hours as Democrats questioned the ability of the bill...

Legislature approves bill to tie unemployment benefits to jobless rates
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Legislature approves bill to tie unemployment benefits to jobless rates

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill to reduce the number of weeks people receive jobless benefits and tie them to the state’s unemployment rate passed the Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday and goes to the governor. Senate Bill 193 is sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, and would shorten the...

Daily News- May 10, 2019
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Daily News- May 10, 2019

Good morning! Todd’s celebrating a friend’s wedding this weekend so you’ve got me today. Here is your Daily News for Friday, May 10, 2019 1. Chaos Erupts in Senate It was quiet the day in the Senate yesterday. The senate erupted in a shouting match after Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth gaveled down an amendment that...

House passes bill to change Board of Pardons and Paroles
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House passes bill to change Board of Pardons and Paroles

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News The Alabama House of Representatives debated for more than five hours this week legislation that Democrats argued gave the governor’s office too much control over the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. The bill passed Thursday evening along party lines, 73 to 27.  As orignially written, House Bill 380,...

Abortion bill in Senate Judiciary Committee today
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Abortion bill in Senate Judiciary Committee today

A public hearing and a vote on a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions will be held in the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. House Bill 314 is sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, and passed the House along party lines, with most Democrats refusing to vote on the legislation and leaving the chamber...

Legislature advances broadband bill, funding
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Legislature advances broadband bill, funding

Expanding access to high-speed broadband internet has been one of the hallmark issues in the Alabama Legislature the last two years. Most all lawmakers agree the issue is a priority, but how exactly to go about it remains the subject of much debate.

House passes jail food funding bill
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House passes jail food funding bill

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The jail food funding practices that allowed one Alabama sheriff to buy a beach home and earned another the nickname “Sheriff Corndog” could soon be history. The Alabama House passed this week a bill to stop county sheriffs from pocketing leftover jail food funds and set...