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Bill to allow former convicts access to more occupations advances
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Bill to allow former convicts access to more occupations advances

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama lawmakers are close to removing many restrictions in state law about where convicted felons can work. “Everyone says we want people who get out of prison to be employed, taxpaying citizens,” Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, said Thursday. “But then the government puts barriers in the...

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...