Alabama lawmakers are ready to move forward with a bill calling for a statewide vote on a lottery - and only a lottery. According to multiple state senators, Senate Bill 320 will reach the Senate floor today when the body gavels in at 2:30 p.m. Yet, mere hours before debate begins, negotiations on a path forward on the issue of gambling are still very much in flux.
Ivey threads the needle;
Senate 2022 update;
Musical chairs for undercard races;
Tuberville minds the political shop;
How goes the session: Budgets, Broadband push, Push back on trans bills, Permanent reminder of a temporary feeling;
The “Compassion Act” creates a Medical Cannabis Commission to oversee regulations and licensing for medical marijuana cultivators, processors and dispensaries and requires a statewide seed-to-sale tracking system for all cannabis in the state.
We all thought 2020 was a doozy, but the first three weeks of 2021 have given the worst year ever a run for its money. One silver lining for political junkies is that there is more going on politically than anytime in recent memory.
That's what we cover here at Inside Alabama Politics, and we're honored to have you along for the ride.
Last October, the association announced in an email to its members that Phillip McCallum had resigned as executive director after three years on the job. The message did not include the reasons why and cordially thanked McCallum for his service.
By our count, this is fifth edition of Inside Alabama Politics to speculate on the possibility of a special session of the Alabama Legislature to take care of unfinished business from the COVID-curtailed 2020 Regular Session. There are good reasons for that.
A new poll shows Alabama voters strongly favor a special legislative session to take action on unfinished business but are also open to the use of technology, remote voting and other measures to conduct business safely.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh rocked the Alabama political world last week by telling The Anniston Star he would not be seeking a seventh term in 2022. (Kudos, by the way, to The Star for the big scoop). This week, we asked Marsh, the Senate’s top leader since 2010, what that means for Senate leadership for the next two years.