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Broadband expansion bill gets final passage
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Broadband expansion bill gets final passage

A bill to allow electric utility companies to offer high-speed internet to rural communities by way of their existing power networks cleared the Alabama Legislature Wednesday and now goes to the governor for her signature.

Senate passes abortion ban, bill goes to governor
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Senate passes abortion ban, bill goes to governor

By TODD STACY, CAROLINE BECK, and MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate on Tuesday passed a bill banning nearly all abortions, sending the legislation to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature. Bill sponsor Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, said she had spoken to Ivey’s advisers and expects the governor to sign...

Senator: ‘Rocky road’ ahead for lottery bill
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Senator: ‘Rocky road’ ahead for lottery bill

The sponsor of legislation to create a paper lottery in Alabama says getting the bill to final passage may be difficult.
“It’s a rocky road between here and there,” Sen. Greg Albritton told Alabama Daily News.
The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee is expected to vote on Senate Bill 220 Wednesday afternoon.

Sponsor: Bill would get schools’ unused food to hungry children
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Sponsor: Bill would get schools’ unused food to hungry children

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Supporters of a bill filed this week in the Alabama House hope it will make it easier for schools to get unused food to hungry students.  Federal law allows food to be donated to food banks and other charitable organizations. House Bill 566 could make it easier for food...

After delays, distracted driving bill could be back next week
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After delays, distracted driving bill could be back next week

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News A vote in the Alabama House of Representatives on a bill to prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones and other devices was delayed this week. Bill sponsor Rep. K.L. Brown, R-Jacksonville, said a “snafu” in the drafting of the bill caused the holdup. Sponsors had intended to draft...