Speaker McCutcheon announces changes to House Committee assignments

August 2, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 31, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced several changes in the House Committee structure.

Rep. McCutcheon said, “Committee assignments are often changed in order to bring new ideas, fresh perspectives, and renewed enthusiasm to the various legislative panels.  We work hard to pair each member with a committee assignment that reflects their particular skill set, district, and constituencies.”

The newly-announced committee assignments, which will be in effect for the remainder of the quadrennium are:
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Medical Parole Bill passes

May 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB87 which would allow Alabama’s oldest prisoners to apply for medical paroles.

State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) said on social media, “SB87 dealing with medical parole for prisoners has passed. We are now adjourned for the night. We come back in tomorrow morning at 9am. Have a blessed night!”

State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) said on social media, “SB87 Modification of Medical Parole Bill – eligibility for release of certain prisoners after they have served certain time if suffering chronic life-threatening illnesses.”
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Gas tax bill expected on floor of House today

April 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

House Bill 487 sponsored by Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) raises taxes on fuel in three phases across Alabama over the next seven years. HB487 is on the calendar to be voted on in the Alabama House of Representatives today. The money would be used to pay down a massive $2.4 billion new bond debt.

State Representative Isaac Whorton (R-Valley) asked Facebook followers and constituents, “Please take a look at the gas tax bill below. Short version is that this bill would provide for a 4 cent tax increase in 2017, 2 cent in 2019, and 3 cent automatic increase in 2024 unless there is a joint resolution to remove the 3 cent increase. The bill would authorize the issuance of a total of $2.4 Billion dollars in a bond or a series of bonds to be paid over the next 20 years. Bond rates are about 4.25 percent at this time. The debt service at that rate would be approximately $179 million annually if issued as one bond…if the rates were to increase to 5 percent, the debt service climbs to $191 million. Of course, there are always costs involved in borrowing money and a fair estimate of that cost is around 1 percent of the bond amount. Half of the borrowed amount would be divided between counties and municipalities and half would go to ALDOT. The percentage division between counties and cities is currently being negotiated (started at 20 percent to cities bit I think it may be 30 percent now).”
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Reaction to Bentley resignation

April 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 19, 2017, while the House Judiciary Committee was hearing the Special Counsel’s report on Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) alleged misconduct, the Governor reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and agreed to step down from the office of Governor. Leaders from across the State commented in favor of the decision.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said in a statement, “Governor Bentley’s decision to resign was the right thing to do. The people of Alabama deserve leaders who are focused on the serious issues facing our state, and I look forward to better days ahead.”
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Pro-Life Day in the Alabama House of Representatives

March 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 16, the Alabama House of Representatives passed all four Pro-Life bills. The Republican Caucus held a “Pro-Life Day” to discuss and pass pro-life legislation. The Democrats stretched the process out by staging a partisan filibuster; but the pointless delaying tactics were easily swept aside by the Republican Super majority.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan issued a statement supporting “Pro-Life Day”: “Today is an important day in the Alabama House of Representatives as each bill on the agenda is dedicated to protecting the unborn and preserving the sanctity of life. In their ‘Alabama Proud’ legislative agenda that was released prior to the regular session, the House Republican Caucus promised to hold a ‘Pro-Life Day’ in the chamber and pass the bills on today’s agenda. Today they are proving good to their word.”
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Committee gives favorable report to bill widening child abuse reporting requirements

February 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Alabama House Committee on Children and Senior Advocacy gave a favorable report to House Bill 216 which would widen the professions that are required to report suspected child abuse to include volunteer fire fighters. HB216 was sponsored by state Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City).

Rep. Butler said, “I really thought he was sharp; but he had been molesting young children. He was very involved in the community and a number of the fire fighters were aware of the abuse. A lot of young people were involved in this.”
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Wadsworth warns about new Obama regulations

December 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

President Barack H. Obama will leave the office of the presidency on January 20, 2017, but until then his administration continues to write executive orders and new regulations. No industry has been hit harder by the Obama Administration than has America’s coal miners, and again the industry is being rocked by another far reaching order by President Obama.

State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) “This is not a good Christmas present for coal miners and the coal industry. President Obama is set on Monday to execute an Executive Order imposing further restrictions on Coal Mining. Look forward to new administration that will eliminate these restrictions. Coal Industry means jobs in Walker, Winston and Jefferson Counties.”
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Electoral College votes for Trump

December 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 19, 2016, Alabama’s Republican Electors met in Montgomery and there were no surprises as all nine voted—as they had pledged—for Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) was present for the historic moment.

Representative Roby wrote in an email to constituents, “Alabama’s electors have officially cast our state’s nine electoral votes for President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. I attended today’s Electoral College ceremony at the State Capitol to see the votes cast in person. On January 6th, the House and Senate will meet in a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol to count and confirm the electoral votes from all states. These are historic moments for our country, and I will keep you in the loop by continuing to post updates to social media.”
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Alabama’s Republican Leaders React to Trump Victory

November 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, shocked the political world with a crushing electoral college win. Trump won all of the states that Mitt Romney won as well as some states that had not supported a Republican since 1988 and 1984. A number of voices commented on the surprising election results.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said in a statement, “Congratulations to President-elect Trump, the next President of the United States, on his election to our nation’s highest office. The majority of the people of Alabama supported Mr. Trump with their vote and by doing so have placed their humble trust in him to lead our country. While we as Americans certainly disagree on various policies, we must all agree that our country has suffered under the weight of a divisive and contentious campaign season. Mr. Trump will soon be the leader of all of our country, and every citizen, and I look forward to supporting his leadership. Americans have also elected a record number of Republican Governors to lead our states. I will be joining my colleagues in working with the Trump Administration to create a strong economy, great jobs and abundant opportunities for every American.”
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Alabama Republicans’ Thoughts on Debate

September 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, September 26—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off for their first debate. For those expecting fireworks, it did not disappoint. The debate was hosted at Hofstra University and moderated by NBC News’ Lester Holt. The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) watched it in Vestavia Hills with the Alabama Minority GOP, the Constitutional Conservatives and the Jefferson County Republican Party. The strongly pro-Trump crowd cheered every minute.
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