Alabama Senate votes to make state parks free for military vets

February 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate passed the Parks for Patriots Act on Thursday giving veterans of the armed forces free admission to Alabama State Parks.

The bill was part of a package of five bills to support military veterans passed Thursday, which Gov. Kay Ivey proclaimed was “Military Appreciation Day” in Montgomery.

House Bill 58, the Parks for Patriots Act, was sponsored by state Rep. Dickie Drake, R-Leeds, and passed the House in January.  Ivey declared free admission for veterans starting on November 1.  This bill makes what has been an executive policy decision actual law.  The bill now goes to the governor.

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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 Health Committee narrowly approves needle exchange program for addicts

January 25, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The State Senate Health Committee narrowly approved a bill establishing a pilot program to provide intravenous drug users with free needles and syringes in an effort to limit the spread of hepatitis and prevent an outbreak of HIV among the growing drug user community.

Senate Bill 169 was sponsored by Senator Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro.

The pilot program would be administered by the Department of Public Health and local health authorities.  SB169 would also offer some limited criminal immunity to participants in the program.

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McClendon to introduce bill for winner-take-all special elections

January 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, announced that he plans to introduce legislation changing how state Legislature vacancies are filled.

Currently, the Alabama Legislature is meeting for the 2018 regular legislative session. Representatives from across the state are meeting in Montgomery to decide state affairs. Not everyone is represented though. Citizens of Limestone and Morgan Counties in House District 21 don’t have a representative in the House, citizens of Madison County in House District 4 also don’t have a legislator in the House and citizens of Senate District 26 don’t have a state senator.

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Candidates appeal to St. Clair County Farmers

January 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 15, 2018, the St. Clair County Farmer’s Federation held a political forum in Ashville, Alabama.  Candidates spoke to the farmers about the issues facing St. Clair County and the state of Alabama.

“I have served one term in the Senate and three terms in the House,” state Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, said. “I am going to do it one more time. I look forward to your support.  I don’t think I have ever taken a stand against a Farmer’s Federation position.”

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Crumpton announces he will challenge Luther Strange

February 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

It has been 20 years since Alabama had a new U.S. Senator, that was until Friday when Governor Robert Bentley appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions (R) confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. Already one candidate has come forward to challenge Strange for the seat. Marijuana legalization activist, Ron Crumpton (D), who has already run for Senate in 2016, against Sen. Richard Shelby (R), has announced that he will run against Senator Strange.
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Bipartisan bill would give retirees a one-time bonus

January 11, 2017

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

Lottery Is Dead For November 8 Ballot and Foreseeable Future

August 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate debated the lottery for four days of this Special Session. On Tuesday, August 23, it took the Alabama House of Representatives just a few minutes to effectively kill the lottery, without ever even discussing it in a committee.

Freshly energized lottery opponents used the tight timeline and a rarely used parliamentary maneuver to kill the lottery bill for the November 8 ballot. Wednesday, August 24, was the last day for the lottery bill to pass out of the House in time for the November 8 Presidential election. Inexplicably the House chose not to meet on Saturday or Monday. It was a fatal mistake by the House leadership. The leadership had assigned State Senator Jim McClendon’s (R-Springville) Senate Bill 3 to the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee; but there was no scheduled meeting of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.
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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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McClendon, Dial Ask: Give The People The Right To Vote On Lottery

August 18, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The lottery bill, SB11, was carried over at the call of the chair late Wednesday, with few Republican senators present. It could resurface Thursday morning, should more lawmakers come onboard.

Jim McClendon (R-Springville) brought SB11 to the Senate Floor on Wednesday. It passed out of Tourism and Marketing Committee on Tuesday. He said he brought this bill to the attention of the Legislature, as a result of his constituents asking him to pass a bill, so they did not have to drive to neighboring states to buy lottery tickets.
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