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

Subpoenas Being Served for Hubbard Trial

April 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The beginnings of what will eventually become a very long list of potential witnesses in the Mike Hubbard felony trial began on Tuesday as subpoenas were being sent out. These first subpoenas we believe are for witnesses for the prosecution. Among those who may testify are State Senators, House members, mayors and others with state education ties. Thus far, those who received subpoenas are Senators Gerald Dial, Jimmy Holley, and Paul Bussman.
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SB11 Gives Legislative Council Ultimate Control of State House

March 4, 2014

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—SB11, referred to as one of “the consolidation bills,” is an exhaustive re-organization of the legislative services pertaining to the State House by amending multiple sections of the Code of Alabama 1975. The bill is a mere 45 pages, but contains some substantial shifts in responsibilities and powers. It proposes to disband five committees and consolidate them under a newly-titled committee, the Legislative Council of the State of Alabama. All aspects of the State House are proposed to be controlled by a 20-member group of Senate and House legislators, with the Speaker and the President Pro Tem at the helm.
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Consolidation Bill and That Old Sneaky Hog

February 18, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Republican-controlled legislature continues its slow and steady progress toward giving total control of the government over to the will of two men.

Last year Sen. Jimmy Holley (R-Alba), a former faithful Democrat and AEA adherent, turned Republican, and introduced SB122. SB122 would have placed immense authority under a newly-formed Legislative Council. So, this session, the bill has been broken in to three bills, SB11, SB178 and HB178.
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Hubbard, Marsh and the Dream of Power and Central Planning

January 28, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

This session, there are three bills before the Legislature that will cause irrefutable harm to the people of Alabama, while placing more control into the hands of a chosen few. These bills are examples of Right Wing rhetoric and Left-Wing policies.

The bills are SB11, SB178 and HB350. These bills were presented last session as one bill, SB122, carried by Republican Senator Jimmy Holley. This year they have been broken into three bills, with HB350 carried by Ed Henry and Mike Hubbard in the House.
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Week One: A Little Bit of Work, A Whole Lot of Moulin Rouge

January 20, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The first week of the Legislative session is now in the books. It was a smooth affair, part burlesque and part first day of school.

Both Houses of the Legislature were busy laying the groundwork to pass the mostly meaningless “Commonsense Conservative” agenda. The agenda was going to be titled,

“Holy Cow! Let’s pass some window-dressing, non-sense bills, consolidate a little more power, don’t forget Bob Riley and please hurry so we can get out of here to raise some money because Hubbard doesn’t have the $10 million he told us he would.”
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From Benefactor to Malefactor: Current ALGOP Lawmakers Took More Than $1 Million From AEA

July 17, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Over the past decade, the Alabama Education Association (AEA) gave more than $1 million to Republicans currently serving in state government — including hundreds of thousands of dollars to GOP leaders who quietly took union money while publicly demonizing the organization.

PACs controlled by Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard lined their bank accounts with more than $130.000 from the AEA over the past 10 years.
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Stealing Power, Substitute SB122

February 19, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Push back from the Governor and others concerned about the future of accountability in government has caused a Substitute of SB122 to be submitted.
SB 122 sponsored by Jimmy Holley (R-Elba) will place the power of many of the state’s governmental watchdog agencies into the hands of 12-man junta of legislative elites.
These handpicked legislators will be able to rule over the 6 newly-created agencies with an iron fist. Those who oppose SB122 see it as a threat to clear and honest oversight of the legislature and other government entities.
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Governor Bentley Expresses Opposition to Legislative Power Grab

February 15, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday, Governor Robert Bentley, once again, expressed his opposition to SB122. “We believe it concentrates a lot of power in twelve individuals,” said the Governor.
SB122, sponsored by Senator Jimmy Holley (R-Elba), is seen by many as a power grab by the republican-controlled legislature to abolish independence and accountability as it applies to public corruption. This is accomplished in the section of the 102-page bill that guts the Department of Public Examiners.
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