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House briefs: Distracted driving bill fails
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House briefs: Distracted driving bill fails

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill that would have prohibited the use of hand-held cell phones and other electronic devices while driving failed to pass the House by one vote on Tuesday.    The final vote on the bill was 47-48 with four members abstaining. House Bill 90 is sponsored by...

Weekend Digest – April 4, 2021
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Weekend Digest – April 4, 2021

Good afternoon and Happy Easter Sunday!Here’s your Daily News for April 4.   1. Health officials urging masks, caution over Easter holiday With the potential for crowded churches and big family gatherings over Easter, health officials are urging people to follow Alabama’s mandate for face masks and social distancing to avoid a new surge of COVID-19....

Legislature’s differences on election legislation reflect a national divide
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Legislature’s differences on election legislation reflect a national divide

In the wake of the 2020 elections, measures to change voting procedures and regulations have been introduced at the federal and state levels, revealing a deep partisan divide over how voting should work. While Democrats in Congress are pushing legislation that would limit states' ability to enact strict voting requirements, Republicans in state legislatures are considering bills to tighten voting regulations in the name of securing voter integrity.

Legislative Briefs – Thursday, March 18
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Legislative Briefs – Thursday, March 18

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – An agenda full of contentious bills passed the House Thursday paired with multiple motions to cut off debate, which many Democrats decried as “unjust.” Motions of cloture, which cut off debate after 20 minutes, were approved on multiple bills Thursday, many of which had broad opposition from...

House debates, passes election bills
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House debates, passes election bills

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama House of Representatives debated and voted on bills dealing with election and voting laws Tuesday as the 2021 Regular Session reached its midway point. A bill that would allow certain individuals to omit their personal identifying information from the state’s voter registration list passed...