Many House members to participate in testing drive for Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day Wednesday

February 7, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Dozens of Alabama lawmakers are expected to take part in a testing drive on Wednesday to raise HIV and AIDs awareness.

The lawmakers will get tested at an event at the Alabama State House for Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day, Feb. 7. Many of the lawmakers are black but some white members signalled on the House floor Tuesday that they would also take part in the event to help raise awareness.

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House passes Civics Test Bill

April 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Legal residents seeking US citizenship have to pass a test in order to become citizens. On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill to require that Alabama students pass a similar test in order to become Alabama High School graduates.

Senate Bill 32 by state Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) would require that students pass a civics test. SB32 was carried in the Alabama House by state Representative Terri Collins (R-Decatur).
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House passes Sunset bills

February 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives met to consider a number of non-controversial pieces of legislation having to do with renewing state boards and agencies. Under Alabama law no board exists forever. They have to periodically be renewed by the Legislature or they will automatically “sunset”. This allows the legislature to review whether or not a board is performing its purpose or not and needs to be changed or allowed to disappear. Sun setting State boards and agencies is the responsibility of the House Sunset committees. They make recommendations to the full Legislature.
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Respect For Republicans But Not For Democrats

July 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A meeting of the House Sunset Committee rescheduled so that its members could attend the Republican Convention in Cleveland this week. However, an email obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter shows that the Committee’s Republican Chairman, Howard Sanderford (R-Huntsville), is not willing to show the same courtesy to Democratic members wishing to attend their convention in Philadelphia next week.

In an email to Sanderford from Rep. Laura Hall (D-Huntsville), she wrote, “The suggested date in your initial correspondence about scheduling, Sunset Committee was for the week of the July, 18, which was during the Republican Convention but was moved to the following week which is the week of the Democratic Convention. I sent Information and dates for both convention with the hope that neither of dates would be used.”
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