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Universities see significant increases; ‘peer-gap’ formula to continue 
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Universities see significant increases; ‘peer-gap’ formula to continue 

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Alabama’s public four-year universities will receive funding increases of between about 6% and more than 12% under the 2020 education budget recently approved by lawmakers. “I think all of higher education is happy with where we ended up,” Alabama Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Jim Purcell said Wednesday....

‘Gut check’ session ends, here’s what they did
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‘Gut check’ session ends, here’s what they did

By MARY SELL and CAROLINE BECK,  Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, has been an Alabama lawmaker since 1966. “I’ve been through more sessions that anybody here, and this is one of the toughest sessions ever,” Waggoner said Friday evening as legislators ended the annual law-making stint that began March...

‘Difficult’ budget negotiations ongoing
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‘Difficult’ budget negotiations ongoing

The Alabama General Fund will pay for a health insurance program for low-income children, Senate leaders said Wednesday. But there are still other details in the $2.1 billion budget to be worked out Thursday, which might be the last day of this legislative session.

Once dead, cannabis compromise makes comeback
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Once dead, cannabis compromise makes comeback

After the House Rules Chairman threatened to block a Senate-passed medical marijuana bill, lawmakers were working on a compromise that would take a more incremental approach and keep a existing experimental treatment program in place.

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Fantasy sports bill stalls in Senate

By WILL WHATLEY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill that would allow Alabamians to wager on fantasy sports stalled in the Senate Thursday but is expected to be brought back to the floor after the Memorial Day weekend. Sponsored by Rep. Kyle South, R-Fayette, House Bill 361 would allow adults to place bets...

Lawmakers reduce time between primaries and runoffs by 2 weeks
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Lawmakers reduce time between primaries and runoffs by 2 weeks

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News The time between primary elections and primary runoffs in Alabama will shrink from six weeks to four weeks under a bill that cleared the Alabama Legislature on Thursday. That means two fewer weeks of campaign advertising and less money spent by candidates, Secretary of State John Merrill said Thursday. ...