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After delays, distracted driving bill could be back next week
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After delays, distracted driving bill could be back next week

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News A vote in the Alabama House of Representatives on a bill to prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones and other devices was delayed this week. Bill sponsor Rep. K.L. Brown, R-Jacksonville, said a “snafu” in the drafting of the bill caused the holdup. Sponsors had intended to draft...

Lottery proposal would boost turnout for presidential, U.S. Senate primaries
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Lottery proposal would boost turnout for presidential, U.S. Senate primaries

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News A lottery proposal on the March 2020 primary ballot could increase Alabama’s voter participation in the presidential and U.S. Senate primaries. “If this lottery bill is on the ballot on March the 3rd, you can expect another record-breaking turnout for a presidential primary,” Secretary of State John Merrill said...

In teacher shortage, educators support bill for non-certified teachers
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In teacher shortage, educators support bill for non-certified teachers

Roanoke City Schools Superintendent Chuck Marcum needs more teachers. 
Specifically, he needs more educators who are certified in the subjects they’re teaching. But during a teacher shortage that some say has reached a crisis level in parts of the state, Marcum and others hope lawmakers will let them keep non-certified educators in their classrooms longer.

Bill giving more options for armed school security clears Senate
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Bill giving more options for armed school security clears Senate

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill to make it easier for retired law enforcement officers to become armed school security personnel passed the Alabama Senate Thursday and could get a vote in the House next week. “It will give schools and sheriffs departments more options and opportunities to hire people,”...