New COVID cases plummet to lowest levels since last June; Mobile throws ‘tardy-gras’; Birmingham closes second mass vaccination site; Officer convicted of murder set for sentencing; Jan. 6 rioters claim mob made them do it.
By CAROLINE BECK and MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers could be called back to the State House this year for multiple special sessions on various issues, but the likely first topic will be the distribution of billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds. That American Rescue Plan Act money...
Senate Bill 97 from Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, would have limited state of emergency orders, like those issued since last spring in response to the Coronavirus, to 45 days and with a possible 120 day extension. But any extension after that would have had to be approved by a joint resolution from the Legislature.
Senate Bill 267 from Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, and Rep. Paul Lee, R-Dothan, says state and local governments “may not require an individual to receive an immunization or present documentation of an immunization as a condition for receiving any government benefit or service or for entry into a government building…”
State Rep. Wes Allen announced his campaign for seeking the Republican nomination for Secretary of State on Thursday. He has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2018 and before that as Pike County Probate Judge for nearly a decade.