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Bill to limit executive branch spending advances
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Bill to limit executive branch spending advances

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News The Senate Government Affairs Committee on Tuesday advanced a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit Alabama governors and executive agencies from entering contracts larger than $5 million or for more than a two-year period without the Legislature’s approval. Senate Bill 290 is sponsored by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, one of...

What’s on tap at the State House – Tuesday, March 9
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What’s on tap at the State House – Tuesday, March 9

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News The General Fund budget and bills to expand gambling in the state, create harsher penalties for those who participate in destructive riots and curtail state spending without legislative approval — welcome to the fifth week of the Alabama Legislature. Here’s what’s on tap. Today’s business starts in the House...

Lawmaker: During pandemic ‘compassionate care’ needed in health facility visitor policies
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Lawmaker: During pandemic ‘compassionate care’ needed in health facility visitor policies

Hospital and nursing home officials know there are heartbreaking scenarios of patients dying alone during the pandemic, but they say the rules are beyond their control. Guidelines from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees health care facilities that get federal funding, aren’t arbitrary and not following them could mean citations and even loss of licenses.

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Literacy Act delay bill advances

A bill that would delay by three years the holdback requirement in the Alabama Literacy Act received unanimous support in the Senate Education Policy Committee Wednesday.

Special session, oversight bills advance
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Special session, oversight bills advance

By MARY SELL and CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill to allow the Legislature to call itself into a special session was approved Tuesday in the Senate Government Affairs Committee. The House version of the bill is in committee on Wednesday. The state constitution says that special sessions — those outside the...