Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passes US House

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Several members of the Alabama Congressional delegation shared their opinions on the bill with the Alabama Political Reporter.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said in a statement that this bill aims to protect the Second Amendment right to bear arms by ensuring that individuals qualified to carry a concealed handgun in their home state can also carry a firearm across state lines. Brooks is an original cosponsor of the act, which passed the House by a vote of 231-198.

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SB69 Would Give Legislature Power to Immunize Criminals From Prosecution

February 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Senate Bill 69 would give legislative committees the power to grant immunity for criminal activities. The bill’s intent is to give committees the authority to subpoena documents and testimony from agency heads and others—perhaps an unintended consequence that has raised serious questions in the judicial and law enforcement community.

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A well-intentioned bill, sponsored by Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery), could have serious ramification, according to a former prosecutor speaking on background: “This bill would give anyone presiding over a legislative committee, the right to grant immunity to their fellow politicians and anyone else they choose,” he said.
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England Says Prison Task Force Likely to Be Presenting Ideas to Federal Judge

June 12, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Christopher John England (D) from Tuscaloosa warns that he expects the State to be sued over its prison conditions and fears that the State could be forced to spend more money for new prisons and/or release numerous potentially dangerous inmates in to Alabama communities by federal authorities.

Representative England said in a statement on facebook, “I hate to be the bearer of bad news on this wonderful Wednesday morning but here goes. We will be giving the reforms recommended by this task force to a Federal judge. If I were a betting man, I would place my money on Alabama being sued before the end of the summer. Quite frankly, I am surprised that we have managed to make it this long.”
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Governor Bentley Addresses Prison Reform

June 11, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, June 10, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced in a press conference that he was launching the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a comprehensive study of the State’s criminal justice system that the State hopes will identify ways to implement more cost effective criminal justice policies. The Council of State Governments (CSG) will lead Alabama’s effort with the JRI process.

Governor Bentley said, “The Justice Reinvestment Initiative is an opportunity for Alabama to examine the criminal justice system in order to reduce prison crowding and increase public safety. The number of inmates incarcerated in Alabama has significantly increased over the last decade.  With the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, we have an opportunity to examine areas to maximize efforts in the criminal justice system that will benefit our Department of Corrections. By participating in the study, we will have a detailed understanding of drivers behind Alabama’s prison population growth and identify ways to reduce growth.”
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Alabama Senate Passes Bill Making it a Crime to Defraud Government Assistance Programs

March 22, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State Senate has passed a bill that increase penalties for fraud in taxpayer funded public assistance programs.  The bill, SB 152, is  sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr (R) fromDecatur).  SB 152 makes it a criminal offense to defraud state and federal funded public assistance programs.  The programs affected include Medicaid, Food Stamps, Social Security, Medicare, and many others.

Senator Arthur Orr said that the state of Alabama is losing $millions in healthcare fraud and abuse alone.  Sen. Orr said, “The state literally cannot afford to continue turning a blind eye to fraud and abuse in taxpayer-funded public assistance programs.” “Government programs have apparently been seen as easy targets because of lack of enforcement or insignificant penalties for violating the law. This legislation changes that and will protect taxpayer resources from deceptive schemes to cheat the system.”
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