Senate Education Committee approves bill that gives retired educators a bonus

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee approved Senate Bill 21, which would give retired educators a one-time bonus check. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville.

Dial said that we should show appreciation and gratitude to the people that have educated us. We have been unable to provide them with a cost of living adjustment for some time now. We need to show that the legislature appreciates their service.

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Non-prescription eyeglass bill gets favorable report

February 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the Senate Health Committee voted nine to zero to give a favorable report to SB21, which bans that sale of certain over the counter eyeglass without a prescription. “For the purposes of this act, over-the-counter spectacles means nonprescription ready-to-war magnifying spectacles or glasses that contain spherical convex lenses, uniform in each meridian, which ae encased in eyeglass frames and intended to ameliorate the symptoms of presbyopia. The lenses in over-the-counter spectacles may not have a minus power and may not exceed plus three and one-half diptera.” The sale of over-the-counter eyeglasses that do not meet that definition would be illegal without a prescription.
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House Passes Open Meetings Law

June 3, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

For years Alabama had a reasonably effective Sunshine Law.  Then a series of court rulings effectively gutted that law.  On Tuesday, June 2 the Alabama House of Representatives passed the Open Meetings Act which restored much of that lost openness and transparency.  Senate Bill 21 was sponsored by Senator Cam Ward (R from Alabaster).

Sen. Ward said in a statement on Facebook, “Thank you to the members of the legislature who gave final passage to the Open Meetings Act which I have sponsored for the last two years. A big victory for transparency at all levels of govt in AL!”
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