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GOP lawmakers say abortion ban bill worth potential fight
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GOP lawmakers say abortion ban bill worth potential fight

By CAROLINE BECK and MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. -Legislation to criminalize the performance of almost all abortions in Alabama goes further than many of the more than two dozen anti-abortion bills proposed in other conservative states this year. The heavy restrictions in the bill are exactly why more than 70 GOP lawmakers...

Bills seek benefits improvements
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Bills seek benefits improvements

Legislation being considered in the Alabama State House could offer better retirement benefits to public school teachers and many city and county government employees as well.

Bill Ties E-Verify Use to Business Licenses
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Bill Ties E-Verify Use to Business Licenses

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala – A bill in the Alabama Senate is seeking to tighten up the rules when it comes to companies screening potentially illegal workers through the federal E-Verify system. Senate Bill 71 from Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, would require businesses with five or more employees to swear via...

Anniston Depot project on DOD cut list to pay for border wall
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Anniston Depot project on DOD cut list to pay for border wall

From staff and wire reports A $5.2 million allocation to Anniston Army Depot is on a list of military construction projects that could be cut in order to divert U.S. Department of Defense dollars to the proposed wall on the U.S.’s southern border. The Pentagon this week sent a 20-page list of military construction projects...

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ATV bill stalls in House

Legislation that would allow for bigger, heavier all-terrain and off-highway vehicles in the state died Tuesday when the Alabama House ended its special session without voting on the bill. Bill sponsor Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, will try again with the same bill in the Legislature’s regular session that resumes Tuesday. Orr said the bill was at...

Local funds key in gas tax support
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Local funds key in gas tax support

By Mary Sell and Caroline Beck, Alabama Daily News Alabama’s more than 400 cities and towns currently share about $22 million a year from the statewide gas tax. They’ll get an additional $26 million a year under a proposed 10-cent-a-gallon increase. Alabama’s counties now receive a combined $176.5 million; if House Bill 2 becomes law,...

Gas tax would mean millions for Birmingham area
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Gas tax would mean millions for Birmingham area

By Mary Sell and Caroline Beck, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s more than 400 cities and towns currently share about $22 million a year from the statewide gas tax. They’ll get an additional $26 million a year under a proposed 10-cent-a-gallon increase. Alabama’s counties now receive a combined $176.5 million; if House Bill...