Bill to loosen marijuana laws gets favorable report from committee

February 22, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday gave a favorable report to a bill that would decrease the criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

Senate Bill 251, sponsored by Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, would reclassify the possession of 1 ounce of less of marijuana as a fine-only offense.

It would also reclassify the possession of more than 1 ounce but less than 2 ounces as a Class-D felony. It would reclassify the possession of more than 2 ounces as a Class-C felony.

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Senate Judiciary Committee approves execution by nitrogen asphyxiation

February 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to a bill Wednesday that would allow death row inmates to select death by nitrogen hypoxia as one of the three approved death penalty methods used by the state of Alabama.

Senate Bill 272 is sponsored by state Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose.

“We have decided in this state that the death penalty is appropriate in Alabama for certain heinous offenses,” Pittman said. “We had a prisoner who wanted death by firing squad a couple of years ago, and I brought a bill to let him do that; but after looking into it, firing squad is not a humane way of killing people. With lethal injection we have had some problems with the availability of certain cocktails. Execution by nitrogen hypoxia has been approved by only one other state.”

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Senate committee approves bill to allow display of Ten Commandments on public property

February 9, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

An Alabama Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that will allow for the public display of the Ten Commandments on public property including government building grounds and public schools.

The bill, by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, received a unanimous vote from the Senate Constitution, Ethics and Elections committee after Democrats pushed for an amendment to allow for the placement of other religious displays that express faith or religious belief.

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Voyeurism law gets favorable report by Senate Judiciary Committee

February 1, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to make the taking of a video or photo depicting intimate areas of a person without that person’s consent a crime.  The voyeurism bill, Senate Bill 57, is sponsored by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville.

Chambliss told the committee that the need for the bill was demonstrated after two situations in his district.  In both, a man came up behind a woman and then held his camera phone under the her skirt and took photos without the consent of the women.  The police arrested both men and charged them, but the judge threw both cases out saying that the law does not specifically say that this is illegal in Alabama.

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