Ainsworth files legislation to train, arm school teachers

February 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, state Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, introduced legislation to allow trained and certified teachers and school administrators to carry guns in school as the last line of defense against the growing school shooters problem.

“As a parent of three kids that attend this school I think I can share the same concerns that a lot of parents, teachers, educators felt across our nation when the situation that happened in Florida,” Ainsworth said. “We want to solve a problem and we are committed to doing that. Let me tell you how this started out: teachers reached out and said, Will we need your help to solve this problem.”

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Wayne Reynolds launches campaign for State Board of Education

February 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wayne Reynolds, an Athens, Alabama, resident, officially launched his campaign for the Republican nomination for Alabama State Board of Education District 8.

“I am excited to announce that I am running for the District 8 seat on the Alabama State Board of Education,” Reynolds said. “I have served nearly 30 years of my work in public education including over ten years as a school superintendent. I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the children of Alabama again.”

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Legislature makes it a crime for non-veterans to take parking spaces reserved for military veterans

February 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama Legislature awarded final approval to a bill that makes it a crime for those who do not qualify to park in spaces specifically reserved for Purple Heart and medal of valor recipients, former prisoners of war or other military veterans.

House Bill 92 was sponsored by State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, who chairs the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

“More and more businesses are setting aside special parking spaces reserved for military veterans who were wounded, taken prisoner, or presented a medal for valor in defense of our country,” Moore said. “It is unconscionable to think that someone who does not fall under these categories would park in a space reserved for our nation’s heroes, but it happens quite often. This new law will ensure that those who display such blatant disrespect will be punished appropriately.”

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Bill allowing county school superintendents to take second jobs passes House

February 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow county school superintendents to take second or third jobs. It also removes that $600 cap on a county superintendent’s travel expenses.

House Bill 31 is sponsored by state Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens.

Crawford said that, “Current law limits travel expenses to $600 for a county education superintendent. This limit was set in 1947.

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How to protect students becomes issue in lieutenant governor’s race

February 20, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh proposed her own plan to arm school personnel that differs from a plan to arm teachers being promoted by her opponent in the lieutenant governor’s race, State Representative Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville.

“I find it shameful when people, on both sides of the aisle, play politics with tragedies,” Cavanaugh said.  “This is an exploitation tactic used almost exclusively by liberals, hotheads, and children. Yesterday there was a knee-jerk reaction to try to capture the headlines of every news story in Alabama for political gain. I believe we need strong, measured leadership that puts our children and teachers first- not political pandering.”

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GOP’s Dawson says lottery plans prey on those who can least afford it

February 20, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic candidate for governor Walter “Walt” Maddox released his plan for an education lottery Monday following a lottery plan released by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Bell Cobb released last week.

That afternoon Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson released a statement denouncing the Democrat lottery proposal as an effort to keep Alabama in the past, prey on those who can least afford it, and bank the future of our kids on a game of chance.

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Bill to allow police to arrest shoplifters in stores is carried over in committee

February 20, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to carry over a bill that would have made it easier and quicker for police to arrest shoplifters at last weeks committee meeting.

Senate Bill 58 is sponsored by state Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville.

Chambliss said that the Prattville Police Department has had some difficulty with shoplifting.  Currently when store security sees someone acting suspiciously the police have to wait until they leave the store in order to make an arrest. Sometimes the police have to wait 15, 20, or 30 minutes. Most stores have video.  This bill would allow the officer to make arrest in the store.

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Judge Cole campaigns in St. Clair County for Court of Criminal Appeals

February 20, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Judge Bill Cole was in St. Clair County campaigning to the St. Clair County Republican Party.  Cole is a Jefferson County Circuit Court job.  He is running in the Republican Primary for Place 3 on the Court of Criminal Appeals.

“When I first left the DAs office I went to work in the law office of Bill Cole,” St. Clair Republican Party Chairman Lance Bell, a prominent Pell City Attorney, said. “There is not a lawyer in this state who has written as many appeals.  He knows the job he is running for.”

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Bill to extend stand-your-ground laws to churches passes House

February 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives passed the Church defense bill, House Bill 34 last Thursday.

HB34, sponsored by State Rep. Lynn Greer, R-Rogersville, gives churches a certain degree of civil immunity if a church attendee is forced to defend himself in church.

“You got nuts everywhere just like you had in the high school in Florida yesterday,” Greer said, referring to a 19-year-old who killed 17 at a Florida High School last week. “Occasionally, they show up in a church.”

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Civil asset forfeiture reform passes out of committee

February 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to a bill last week that promises to reform civil asset forfeiture laws in the state of Alabama to provide some basic protection the rights of the accused.

Senate Bill 213 is sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur.

“This is not about rewarding criminal behavior,”  Orr said. “To look at the process of requiring a conviction before profit is forfeited.  The bill you have before us still has a lot of work to do.  There should be some due process before civil forfeiture can occur.”

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