Week Five Legislative Report: A third of the Regular Session is done

February 12, 2018

By Beth Marietta Lyons
Lyons Law Firm

The Alabama Legislature convened for day 9 of the annual Regular Session on Tuesday, February 6 with 28 committee meetings held throughout the week to consider legislation. Both Houses then convened on Thursday, February 8 for Day 10.

With day 10 completed, one-third of the 30 day Annual Regular Session has been completed. There have been 699 bills introduced to date.

The Legislature will return to Montgomery on Tuesday, February 13 for day 11 of the Session with the House and Senate convening at 2:00 p.m. Sixteen committees have scheduled meetings as of the time of this report.

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Week Three Legislative Report: The Legislature gets moving

January 29, 2018

Contributed by Beth Marietta Lyons
Lyons Law Firm

The Alabama Legislature convened for day 5 of the annual Regular Session on Tuesday, January 23 with committee meetings held throughout the week. Both Houses then convened on Thursday, January 25 for Day 6.

There have been 554 bills introduced to date. Twenty-eight committees met to consider multiple bills.

The Legislature will return to Montgomery on Tuesday, January 30 for day 7 of the Session with the House convening at 1:00 p.m. and the Senate at 2:00 p.m. Seventeen committees have scheduled meetings as of the time of this report.

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Four days left in Legislative Session

May 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are four days left in the 2017 Legislative Session and this session has been made much clearer,.even though the week was dominated by a bizarre partisan filibuster where members of the House literally had to sit at their desks listening to a robot read for over 18 hours.

The General Fund Budget has been passed and sent to the Governor. The education budget has been sent to a conference committee. Both Houses will still have to agree to the terms of the conference committee compromise but that should happen easily.
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Legislative Session is winding down

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only six Legislative days left in the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session. There is still an awful lot of work to do however.

The primary purpose of even having Legislative Sessions is to pass the budgets. The State General Fund (SGF) budget was passed in the Senate on Thursday. The House passed the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget on Wednesday. Both Houses have now passed both budgets. Both Houses however have to vote on whether or not to concur with changes made by the other house.
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Mac McCutcheon says budgets, redistricting, prisons are priorities for remainder of Session

April 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) addressed the Alabama Federation of Young Republicans about his priorities for the remainder of the 2017 Legislative Session.

Speaker McCutcheon said that for the rest of the session, “Our priorities are the budgets.” There are just a few weeks left in the session. The education budget is in the House. We are working on that. The State General Fund has passed this House and is in the Senate. “Every year we go into a conference committee to work on the budget.”
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Top stories to watch in 2017

January 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

2016 is over, and 2017 is here. 2016 was a year full of big political news, and we at The Alabama Political Reporter anticipate 2017 to be no less intense.

The election of Donald Trump (R) as President of the United States was the biggest national news story of 2016, and has caused enormous repercussions in Alabama. Below are some of the questions we are asking ourselves as we begin the new year…
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Groundbreaking Study Shows Enormous Financial Impact of Alabama’s Energy Industry

November 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A first of its kind study found that Alabama’s energy industry contributes more than $13 billion to the State’s economy each year, and that at least 124,000 jobs depend on the energy sector.

This groundbreaking study released by the Energy Institute of Alabama showed that Alabama’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets are enriched by at least $385 million directly from the energy sector.
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Bentley’s “Great Victory” Cause For Worry, Warning, Broken Promises

September 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Shortly after passage of legislation to raid BP settlement funds to cover Medicaid funding, Governor Robert Bentley, who has largely been absent from the process, praised it as a bipartisan “victory.”

Obviously, the Governor failed to hear the Democrat’s pleading for more Medicaid funding and to expand its availability under the Affordable Care Act.

Alabama Arise State Coordinator, Kimble Forrister, sees a different victory: “Expanding Medicaid would be a victory for Alabama’s economy, budgets and families.” He praised the bill’s passage, but echoed the concerns expressed by both Republican’s and Democrats: “Still, the bottom line is that we got yet another temporary solution. Vulnerable Alabamians’ access to health care shouldn’t be left up to stopgaps or one-time money.”
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Bentley Believes He is Winning

August 13, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 12, following an incredibly unproductive legislative Special Session, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) spoke to the influential Rotary Club in Birmingham at the Harbert Center on 4th Avenue North.  Gov. Bentley told them that he is making progress in convincing legislators to pass his tax increase proposals. Bentley also acknowledged that he has held talks with US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michelle Birdwell about expanding Medicaid in Alabama.
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Education Budget Comes Out of Committee in House

May 20, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 19, the House Ways & Means Education Committee easily passed a substitute Education fund budget, HB179.

The Committee is chaired by state Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa).

Chairman Poole spoke with reporters on Thursday, May 14.

Poole said that there are not very significant differences in the House substitute and the ETF budget that passed the Senate.

Chairman Poole said we made a concerted effort to get money into call rooms for books and classroom supplies.
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