2018 Pre-Session Report

October 25, 2017

By Beth Marietta Lyons
Lyons Law Firm

The Alabama Legislature will convene in just 84 days for the 2018 Annual Regular Session. Established by Alabama law, the Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. As the annual Regular Session is limited by law to 30 session days within 105 calendar days, the Session must conclude by April 23, 2018.

2018 is an election year in Alabama for all Constitutional Officers (Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, etc.), all 140 State Legislators, and many judgeships and local offices.

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Reaction to US Senate primary runoff

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the voters of Alabama selected Roy Moore to be the GOP candidate in the race to fill the Senate seat of Jeff Sessions , now U.S. attorney general.  Leaders from across Alabama and beyond congratulated Moore on the victory.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement: “One of my first acts as governor was to move the special election date so it was held in compliance with the law. Now the people have had their say.”

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Longtime Tuscaloosa Mayor considers run for Governor

June 30, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Longtime Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox — a quiet upstart in the Alabama Democratic Party who has drawn the eyes of many in the party despite maintaining a relatively low profile in statewide politics — is considering a run for Governor next year.

Maddox, 44, has been the mayor of Alabama’s fifth largest city since 2005 and recently won his fourth term in May. For several years, Democrats across the State have been pushing Maddox to consider a run, believing that his success in one of Alabama’s largest cities could be translated to a Democratic resurgence in Montgomery.

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Andrew Sorrell announces candidacy for House District 3

June 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 16, 2017, Republican Andrew Sorrell announced that he will run for the State House of Representatives, District 3. State Representative Marcel Black (D-Tuscumbia) currently holds the seat.

Sorrell said, “I decided to run for this office to give the voters of House District 3 a clear choice this election cycle: a choice between a liberal Democrat and a conservative Republican. I believe my positions on issues and my conservative upbringing reflect the positions and upbringing of the majority of my district.”
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Handicapping the field

May 24, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

Well folks, the field is set for the sprint to fill the open US Senate seat of Jeff Sessions.

The primary is less than three months away on August 15. There will probably be a run-off on September 26 and the winner of that GOP run-off will be our Junior Senator from Alabama. In the Heart of Dixie, winning the Republican nomination is tantamount to election. The December 12 General Election will be a coronation for the winner of the September 26 Republican primary.
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Lawmaker: Letter proves Governor knows he’s breaking the law

February 22, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Governor is breaking the law and he knows it.

That was the opinion of State Rep. Chris England, a former prosecutor, on social media Tuesday night, as he again challenged Gov. Robert Bentley’s plans to schedule an election to fill Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat during the General Election in 2018.

England was prompted to speak out again on Tuesday after the Governor’s legal advisors released a letter to members of the Legislature that essentially placed the blame for the long delay in holding the election on State lawmakers.
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Lawmaker: Bentley is breaking the law

February 15, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Governor is breaking the law.

That is the legal opinion of State Rep. Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa) of Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to hold a special election for Jeff Sessions’ US Senate seat during the General Election in 2018.

Bentley signed a resolution announcing his intent to fill the seat at the next general election on Tuesday, a few days after appointing former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to take Sessions’ place.
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Constitution Party to Meet in North Alabama on Saturday

October 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, October 29, 2016, the Alabama Constitution Party will meet in Athens for a luncheon meeting at 12:00 noon. Conservative activist Don Casey will be speaking on the topic: “From Where Do Our Rights Come? From God? From Government? From Some Other Source?”

The Alabama Constitution Party said in a statement, “Don Casey will be speaking on “Our Rights Come From God.” “This is a most important subject for our time as there are efforts being made to limit or destroy our rights. We welcome you to attend and asked questions and learn more about our rights.”
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Senate Cloture Vote Kills Lottery Bill SB11

August 19, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday, the lottery bill SB11 (including video lottery terminals) sponsored by Jim McClendon (R-Springville), was carried over after a cloture vote in the Senate.

“It is not usual for someone to cloture themselves,” said McClendon.

After explaining his bill and answering questions for two days, the Senate responded with a cloture, stopping all debate and calling on a vote, for or against cloture.

Cloture is a procedural move used by a legislative body to stop discussion on a subject and bring it to an immediate vote “up or down.” Most often, it is used to stop a filibuster. However, according to Marsh and McClendon, it was used as a vote for or against the bill without actually officially being recorded on the bill itself.
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Special Session August 15

July 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—“Not just about a lottery,” Gov. Bentley began, as he announced the August 15, 2016 Special Legislative Session, “This is about our people.”

In a short video, Bentley said he wanted the legislature to work together to solve the decades-old budget problems, to protect the “Most vulnerable and helpless” who need adequate healthcare.

Earlier in the week Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) emphasized the need for a special session to address funding for Medicaid and the Regional Care Organizations (RCOs). “The legislature made a commitment to fund the RCOs and in speaking with my colleagues in the Senate and House, I am hopeful that we will continue to make progress toward achieving that goal,” said Marsh. “It important that we continue this revolutionary transformation of the Medicaid system, which is acting as a pilot for continued healthcare reforms and is projected to save the state millions of dollars over time.”
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