Health Committee approves bill to give nurses authority to sign medical documents

February 15, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
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Wednesday, the Senate Health Committee approved a bill, Senate 46, which would allow nurse practitioners to sign many documents that currently can only be signed by a physician.

The President of the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) Dr. Rebecca Huie wrote, “The Alabama State Nurses Association applauds Senate Bill 46, which unanimously passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today.  The Bill grants Nurse Practitioners signing authority on certain medical documents that previously could only be signed by a physician.   Since NP’s are trained in these areas and work in collaborative practice with a physician, the Bill will help thousands of patients have easier access to care and reception of needed authorization forms.  ASNA has worked with the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama and other medical advocacy groups to diminish clinical and administrative bottlenecks that have placed unnecessary burdens on providers and patients.”

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Senate Education Committee approves bill that gives retired educators a bonus

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee approved Senate Bill 21, which would give retired educators a one-time bonus check. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville.

Dial said that we should show appreciation and gratitude to the people that have educated us. We have been unable to provide them with a cost of living adjustment for some time now. We need to show that the legislature appreciates their service.

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Lawmakers eye 2.5–3 percent raise for state educators, employees

January 15, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

With high revenues and confidence in the budgets this year, state lawmakers are hoping for what could be as high as a 2.5–3 percent pay raise for K-12 educators and state employees.

Gov. Kay Ivey proposed the pay increase in her first State of the State Address last week but the Governor and other officials have been vague on how large the pay increase could be. State employees haven’t received a cost-of-living pay raise since 2009 and educators haven’t seen one in two years.

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Panel working to attract spaceport to Alabama will hold first meeting Tuesday

December 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A panel of officials and university representatives will gather in Huntsville Tuesday for the first meeting of the Alabama Space Authority, a group created by the Legislature earlier this year to attract a federally licensed spaceport to Alabama along with other space-related industry.

The group will meet at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and Glenn Rizner, chief of staff for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Office, is slated to speak at the meeting after the panel selects its chair and vice-chair.

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Zeigler opposes bills ending special elections for US Senate, Alabama Legislature

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, state Auditor Jim Zeigler announced his opposition to bills that would end special elections when there is a vacancy in the U.S. Senate and the Legislature.

Currently, Alabama is holding a special election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions.  Republican Roy Moore is running against former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones on Dec. 12. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley had appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the seat.

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State Sen. Gerald Dial endorses Roy Moore

October 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, endorsed Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions.

“I have known Roy Moore for many years and I am proud to endorse his candidacy for the U.S. Senate,” Dial said in a statement. “He is a man who venerates the Constitution, loves our country, and puts principle above politics.”

“Judge Moore is a proud West Point graduate,” Dial said. “He served honorably as an Army officer in Vietnam, and as a judge, he always put the Constitution ahead of any petty political considerations,” Dial remarked. “The defining hallmark of his career is duty, honor, and country – the principle he learned years ago at West Point.”

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Gerald Dial announces run for Agriculture and Industries Commissioner

October 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

Dial said that his campaign is focused on creating jobs in the state – whether it be agriculture, professional services or anything in between.

“I have a reputation of rocking the boat, stepping on the status quo,” Dials said. “We need someone to carry on Commissioner McMillan’s legacy, who will stand up for Alabama farmers and continue to bring more jobs to our great state.”

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Sen. Dial leads effort to raise funds with Senators to aid Hurricane Harvey victims

September 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, is heading up an effort to raise about $3,500 with other senators to send aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“I know many of us have already contributed money to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, but I believe a bi-partisan effort from all of Alabama’s Senators would mean a lot to our neighbors in Texas,” Dial said.

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Gerald Dial’s possible retirement could be a catastrophe for public education in Alabama

August 31, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There is an impending catastrophe for public education in Alabama.

Sen. Gerald Dial is considering not running for re-election and running for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner instead.

I know that sounds odd.

First, it’s odd that the resignation of any one state lawmaker could be a catastrophe. And second, it’s odd that I would believe a Republican’s resignation could have such a devastating effect.

That should tell you how serious this is.

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Investigation into Pouncey Smear delivered to Special Prosecution Division

August 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday last, a package was hand-delivered to the State’s Attorney General’s Office containing the results of two investigations into what is labeled a smear campaign against Dr. Craig Pouncey, by those who plotted to deny him the position of State Education Superintendent.

Delivered directly to the Special Prosecution Division, lead by hard-boiled chief Matt Hart, the dossier encompasses the finds by the Alabama Department of Education conducted by Michael Meyer and the bipartisan Senate committee lead by Senators Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery).

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