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Weekend Digest- February 24, 2019
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Weekend Digest- February 24, 2019

Here is your Daily News for February 24, 2019. 1. GOP votes on gas tax The Alabama Republican Party held elections yesterday and voted to re-elect Terry Lathan from Mobile as chairwoman. They also voted to formally oppose raising the state’s gas tax, even without the caveat about decreasing other taxes. That resolution brought by...

Co-sponsor threatens to kill police body cam bill
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Co-sponsor threatens to kill police body cam bill

BY CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – State Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, said Thursday he would try to kill a police body camera bill that lists him as a co-sponsor. “People have a right to see this police footage so this bill would be violating people’s First Amendment rights,” Rogers told Alabama Daily...

Weekend Digest- February 17, 2019
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Weekend Digest- February 17, 2019

Here is your Daily News for February 17, 2019. 1. New FEMA Director Prattville native Jeff Byard has been nominated by President Trump to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency after it’s former director, Brock Long, resigned earlier this week. Byard has held several positions with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency before he joined FEMA...

New Member Profile: Rep. Chip Brown
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New Member Profile: Rep. Chip Brown

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News Rep. Chip Brown, R-Mobile, is the new Republican representative from House District 105. Brown has been involved in politics almost his entire life and even worked in the Legislature on staff, but this is his first elected position. Brown said he’s a long-time member of the Alabama Republican party....

New Member Profile: Rep. Jamie Kiel
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New Member Profile: Rep. Jamie Kiel

Even as a new member of the Legislature, Kiel was able to gain influential committee assignments, including the House Insurance Committee, the State Government Committee, and the Ways and Means Education Committee. Kiel told Alabama Daily News that since he has three children in Alabama schools and his wife and parents are educators, education issues are one of his top priorities.

Weekend Digest- February 10, 2019
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Weekend Digest- February 10, 2019

Here is your Daily News for February 10, 2019. 1. AL Prison Suicide Crisis Gov. Kay Ivey is expected to announce a proposal soon to replace state prisons, possibly leasing facilities built by private firms. But the Southern Poverty Law Center, locked in a court battle with the state over prison mental health deficiencies, is not...

Bill Would End Special Elections for U.S. Senate
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Bill Would End Special Elections for U.S. Senate

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News An Alabama lawmaker wants to eliminate expensive special elections for U.S. Senate seats, instead allowing the governor to appoint an interim until the next regular election.  Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, cites the cost of special elections to the state as the main reason he’s proposing House Bill 23. The...