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Legislature advances broadband bill, funding
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Legislature advances broadband bill, funding

Expanding access to high-speed broadband internet has been one of the hallmark issues in the Alabama Legislature the last two years. Most all lawmakers agree the issue is a priority, but how exactly to go about it remains the subject of much debate.

House passes jail food funding bill
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House passes jail food funding bill

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The jail food funding practices that allowed one Alabama sheriff to buy a beach home and earned another the nickname “Sheriff Corndog” could soon be history. The Alabama House passed this week a bill to stop county sheriffs from pocketing leftover jail food funds and set...

Abortion ban bill up for House debate, vote
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Abortion ban bill up for House debate, vote

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News A bill that would criminalize the performance of almost all abortions is expected to be voted on today in the Alabama House of Representatives. House Bill 314 and Senate Bill 211 make performing an abortion a Class A felony, but women who seek or have abortions would not be...

New bill on charter school funding in committee Wednesday
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New bill on charter school funding in committee Wednesday

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A new bill in the Alabama Senate would prevent local school systems from limiting the flow of per-student tax dollars to public charter schools. Senate Bill 311 is sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, who said it clarifies that money for a child’s...

Gun surrender, permit bills debated in Legislature
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Gun surrender, permit bills debated in Legislature

Alabama lawmakers debated two very different gun regulation bills on Wednesday. One would eliminate the need for permits in order to carry a concealed weapon; the other allows for the court-ordered removal of weapons from someone who is considered to be dangerous.