Alabama Senate moves to make “upskirting” illegal

February 9, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to pass a bill that would make a voyeuristic act known as “upskirting” a felony.

If passed by the House and signed into law, the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, would make it illegal for anyone to take a photo of a woman’s intimate areas by sneaking a phone under her skirt.

“It’s the beginning of the processes of justice for a lot of victims,” Chambliss said Thursday. “It’s a very emotional issue for them. They feel defiled, invaded, their privacy. It may be a public place, but we wear clothes to protect our privacy.”

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Budget Reform Task Force to vote Tuesday on interim report

May 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Alabama Joint Legislative Task Force on Budget Reform will meet on Tuesday morning at the Statehouse and vote on an interim report, which will be sent to Governor Kay Ivey (R) and the entire State Legislature.

Committee Co-Chair Senator Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) said in a statement, “The fourteen members of the budget task force have been working diligently over the past six months to craft a sustainable path forward for Alabama’s State budgets. This interim report recommends specific reforms on everything from tax credits and exemptions to un-earmarking. I am grateful that Governor Ivey has indicated broad support for many of the report’s recommendations.”
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Ainsworth Introduces Recall Legislation

April 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 5, the entire news world seemed to descend on Montgomery to cover the latest chapter in the Bentley/Mason sex scandal/abuse of power saga. Newscasts about the affair appeared across the country.  The legislature is bogged down, trying to decide what constitutes an impeachable offense in Alabama. Does Gov. Bentley’s bad conduct rise to that level, and if so, how would they go about impeaching him?
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Chambliss Bill Would Give People Power to Recall Bentley

April 4, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Any dream that the administration of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) could be effective moving forward has been dashed against the rocks, when tapes, secretly recorded by former Alabama First Lady, Dianne Bentley were released, indicating that the Governor was having an inappropriate relationship with a married aide, thirty years his junior.

The scandal has become national news, appearing in a segment on the NBC Nightly News on Thursday night.  CNN, the CBS Morning News, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show have also addressed the Bentley affair allegations. The 73 year-old Bentley told reporters with the New York Times that he acted inappropriately, but denied having done anything illegal, and continues to resist the growing calls for him to resign his office.  The Governor’s top political advisor, and alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, resigned her position on Wednesday.
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Winston’s Law Passed By Legislature

February 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 23, the Alabama House of Representatives passed Winston’s Law which increases the penalties for abusing a child under the age of six. The Alabama Senate Republican Caucus had made passing this legislation one of their “Continuing Positive Progress” priorities for the 2016 Legislative Session.

Similar bills were passed in both the House and the Senate. On Tuesday, the House took up House Bill 8 sponsored by State Representative Paul Beckman (R-Prattville). Rep. Beckman substituted that bill for Senate Bill 23 sponsored by Senator Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) which had already passed the Alabama Senate.
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Second Special Session to Begin Tuesday: No Consensus

September 7, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

At 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 8, the second Special Session of the 2016 Alabama legislature is set to begin and nobody seems to know what is likely to happen.

Governor Robert Bentley (R) is still holding out for an incredible $302 million tax increase package including transferring use taxes from the Education Trust Fund (ETF) to the State General Fund (SGF).  The latest version of the Bentley plan includes raising income tax on most working Alabamians by repealing the FICA deduction; raising the business privilege tax; raising the cigarette tax; transferring the use tax from education to the State General Fund (SGF); but this time Bentley says he is open to anything that will raise revenue for the troubled General fund.
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