Bipartisan bill would give retirees a one-time bonus

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Some Republicans in the Senate and at least one Democrat in the State House of Representatives believe certain retired educators should receive a one-time, lump sum payment.

Republican Senator Gerald Dial, who is leading the charge, is joined by Senate colleagues Jimmy Holley, Jim McClendon, Steve Livingston, Tom Whatley and Cam Ward to sponsor SB3. In the House, Rep. Craig Ford is carrying an identical bill that will provide a one-time payment for former educators and beneficiaries who receive retirement benefits from the Teachers’ Retirement Systems (TRS). Read More

Insiders say Bentley has chosen Sessions’ replacement

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

During a Cabinet meeting last week, Gov. Robert Bentley said that well over one hundred individuals were seeking the US Senate seat, soon to be vacated by Sen. Jeff Sessions. Several present at the meeting believed Bentley slyly tipped his hand as to which individual currently holds the inside track for the appointment. Insiders say the die was cast weeks ago, and the interviews that began last week are a perfunctory charade.
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Sessions’ seat is object of desire, five top the list… for now

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There are a number of individuals jockeying to replace Senator Jeff Sessions, should he resign to take a position in President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s administration. A vast army of office seekers is hoping to curry favor with Governor Robert Bentley, the one man who holds the key to Senatorial ascendancy. An administration insider claims there is a top five list from which Bentley will select Sessions’ replacement, should he step aside.
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Time to Lend the Poor a Hand by Shining a Light on Lawsuit Lending

By State Senator Cam Ward

For decades, Alabama was known as “tort hell.” The legal environment was tilted toward plaintiffs and businesses were taking it hard on the chin. This made some trial lawyers very wealthy, but it cost Alabama untold thousands of jobs as businesses and doctors went elsewhere.

During the 1990s, voters flipped the appellate and Supreme Court to Republican justices. In 2010, the people of Alabama elected a conservative, Republican majority to the Legislature. Common sense reforms since then have brought Alabama’s legal environment back to healthy balance.
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Un-earmarking Is a Common-Sense Approach to Budget Issues

By Sen. Cam Ward

Budget cuts. Tax increases. Agency restructurings.

We’ve heard and seen it all over the past several months since the Legislature first came to order in early March. Since that time, there has been a regular session and two special sessions. Throughout each, a lot of ideas were bounced off the wall – some stuck, some got shot down, and some still have legs.

State senators and representatives came forward with ways they thought the $200 million hole in the General Fund budget should be filled. On one side you had those who believed government services should be unilaterally slashed without regard to the impact on our citizens. On the other side was Governor Bentley with a $541 million tax increase that also gave equal disregard to the impact on Alabamians.
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Alabama a Sanctuary City for Corrupt Politicos: Opinion

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What are we to make of the fact that Alabama ranks in the top ten for being one of the most religious states, as well as being near the top in public corruption?

Alabama State government is like a sanctuary city for moral turpitude, a safe haven where the guilty are free from punishment; as long as you are in public office. 

Mike Hubbard has been indicted on 23 felony counts of public corruption, but he still sits as Speaker of the House.
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Sen. Cam Ward Receives “First” Business Champion Award

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama today presented Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, with the “first” Business Champion Award. BCA President and CEO William J. Canary presented the award at the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s “Community Luncheon” held today at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena along with Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama President and CEO Jeremy Arthur and Lisa McMahon, 2015 chair of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.
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Alabama Senator Ward Appointed to National Criminal Justice Board

Staff Report

NEW YORK, NY— Alabama State Senator has been appointed to the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s Board of Directors.

Sen. Ward joins a bipartisan group of 18 other legislative leaders, court officials, law enforcement executives, and members of several governors’ cabinets from corrections and health and human services agencies, to serve on the CSG Justice Center’s board. Together, they guide the center’s projects, including the National Reentry Resource Center, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, and forthcoming initiatives in mental health and reentry and employment.
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Alabama Legislature Passes Historic Criminal Justice Reform

By Sen. Cam Ward

This week the Alabama Legislature passed a historic overhaul of our state corrections system.  As former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said regarding this bill, “This is the type of criminal justice reform that has been proven to lower recidivism rates, keep our citizens safer, allow low-level offenders to contribute back into society by lowering penalties for minor non-violent crimes, and save taxpayers millions in incarceration costs. It’s time to not only get tougher on crime, but to get smarter.”
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Driver’s License Fee Increase Debated In Senate Committee Meeting

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 4, the Alabama Senate Transportation and Energy Committee met. This Committee was previously known as CTU: Commerce, Transportation and Utilities. The Committee debated SB 44 which was sponsored by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison).

The bill is in response to a 50 percent increase in the State’s driver’s license fee by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency ALEA. ALEA is a new agency that resulted from the consolidation of a number of existing law enforcement agencies.
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