Opinion | Four reasons why parents want the Alabama State Board of Education to remain elected

February 7, 2018

By Deborah Love

Two similar proposed bills, SB24 and SB25, make the State Board of Education (SBOE) appointed by a Director of Education. There will no longer be a Superintendent of Education but a Director of Education selected by the Governor. These bills are making their way through the Alabama Senate now. Their primary objective is to remove your constitutional right to elect your State Board of Education member and to dissolve the entire SBOE. These are four reasons why parents will oppose SB24 and SB25.

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Four days left in Legislative Session

May 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are four days left in the 2017 Legislative Session and this session has been made much clearer,.even though the week was dominated by a bizarre partisan filibuster where members of the House literally had to sit at their desks listening to a robot read for over 18 hours.

The General Fund Budget has been passed and sent to the Governor. The education budget has been sent to a conference committee. Both Houses will still have to agree to the terms of the conference committee compromise but that should happen easily.
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Legislative Session is winding down

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only six Legislative days left in the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session. There is still an awful lot of work to do however.

The primary purpose of even having Legislative Sessions is to pass the budgets. The State General Fund (SGF) budget was passed in the Senate on Thursday. The House passed the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget on Wednesday. Both Houses have now passed both budgets. Both Houses however have to vote on whether or not to concur with changes made by the other house.
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Separating fact from fiction about “Gun Bill”

April 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 24, which would allow Alabamians, who are lawfully permitted to own a firearm, to carry them concealed on their person without having to purchase a concealed carry permit (sometimes popularly called a “pistol permit”) from their Sheriff’s Office. However, the Alabama Sheriff’s Association is fighting hard against this bill claiming it will jeopardize the public’s safety.

Anyone who has attended public hearings or has heard arguments from lobbyists knows that separating fact from fiction can be a challenging task that requires doing research on the legislation.
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Senate passes Gun Bill

April 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 24, which would allow Alabamians, who are lawfully allowed to possess a handgun to carry their weapon on them concealed without having to get a concealed carry permit (sometimes popularly called a “pistol permit) from their Sheriff’s Department.

SB24 is sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa). Sen. Allen said in a statement, “Alabama leads the way on constitutional rights. More than ten states across the country already allow their citizens to carry guns without a permit. It’s time we allow our citizens to exercise their right to bear arms without first seeking the government’s permission. We already allow open carry without a permit, and there is no logical reason for continuing to require a permit for concealed carry.”
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