Curious case of Rep. Micky Hammon continues

February 22, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

At the sentencing hearing for former Republican State Rep. Micky Hammon, U.S. Federal Judge Myron Thompson denied the government’s request that Hammon only receive probation for stealing over $50,000 from campaign contributions.

Alabama Political Reporter has learned that Hammon’s troubles may not have ended with the federal prosecution’s slap on the hand. Signs within the state’s justice community appear to show that while federal prosecutors failed to follow through on bigger issues facing Hammon, the state will not.

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Ethics Commission could pull back veil on BCA conference donations

February 7, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission will vote on an opinion Wednesday morning that will change the way multiple-sponsor events report gifts to lawmakers and state employees, a ruling that would close a loophole in Alabama’s ethics laws that has benefited the Business Council of Alabama.

For years now, the BCA has held an annual summer retreat at Point Clear, at which lawmakers are wined and dined and provided free rooms for themselves and their spouses. To cover the costs, the BCA solicits donations from a number of sponsors.

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Small Lending Act leaves gaping loophole: Update

February 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Like so many reforms in Alabama, the implementation of a statewide central database to track payday loans as ordered by Gov. Robert Bentley in 2013 fought its way through the courts to finally become operable in August 2015.

The establishment of the database is seen as a real step toward true reform in the lending industry. For the first time, loans would be tracked by a single statewide system that ensures that individuals are not taking out multiple loans from different lending companies simultaneously.

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Debate Over Design-build verses State Law Continues

March 23, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The battle: Design-build vs State-Law-mandated Design-bid-build, for the $800 million prison project has become so contentious, that Gov. Robert Bentley is reportedly ready to kill the whole project if the contract for construction is not awarded under Design-build, rather than the traditional bid process.

Gov. Bentley’s office has refused to state the selection criteria that will be used to pre-qualify the contractors under Design-build, and has also denied requests to provide the selection criteria that will be used for the proposal process to select the eventual winner.
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