Senate committee approves bill to allow display of Ten Commandments on public property

February 9, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

An Alabama Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that will allow for the public display of the Ten Commandments on public property including government building grounds and public schools.

The bill, by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, received a unanimous vote from the Senate Constitution, Ethics and Elections committee after Democrats pushed for an amendment to allow for the placement of other religious displays that express faith or religious belief.

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Mike Sparks announces his candidacy in Senate District 13

September 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Michael “Mike” Sparks, the director of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, announced that he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Alabama state Senate District 13.

“I’m thrilled to be making this announcement,” Sparks said. “Our elected officials work for us, but I think some of them lose sight of that from time to time. I know how government works and I know how to make it work better. I can help make government smaller, more transparent and more accountable to the taxpayer. That’s why I’m running for the state senate.”

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Dial receives CLAS award

June 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday., June 13, 2017, State Senator Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) has been awarded the prestigious CLAS Legislative Leadership Award. Sonja Hines, 2016-2017 CLAS president, presented Dial with a plaque and an award at the 2017 CLAS Annual Summer Convention in the Mobile Convention Center during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The Legislative Leadership Award is presented by the CLAS board of directors to an Alabama legislator for outstanding support of school administrators and for dedication to the State’s school children. This honor is not awarded annually, but rather to recognize legislator(s) when CLAS feels there is an outstanding individual who exemplifies the criteria.
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Terminally Ill Children’s Bill gets favorable report

May 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Alabama Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to a bill, House Bill 373, which gives legally binding authority to a child’s advanced directive when not in the hospital.

HB373 is sponsored by State Representative April Weaver (R-Alabaster) who chairs the House Health Committee. Weaver said that the bill requires that a terminally ill child’s advance directives be honored.
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Legislation threatens Alabama Film Office

April 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Math is hard for some people.

No one understands that better than Sen. Gerald Dial, who spent the better part of Wednesday giving math lessons – specifically, lessons on how percentages work – to a few legislative colleagues.

Dial mainly focused on those colleagues who sought to repeal a 2009 law he sponsored that established the Alabama Film Office and the “entertainment industry incentive act.”
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More than 90 Legislative Districts could be redrawn as part of Reapportionment Plan

April 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY  — More than 90 Legislative Districts could be realigned under the Senate Republicans’ current Reapportionment Plan, according to the top Republican on the committee handling the changes.

In an interview Thursday, Sen. Gerald Dial said as many as 66 Legislative House districts in Alabama and 25 Senate districts could be redrawn or tweaked as part of their plan that could be presented in a public hearing as soon as next week.

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Alabama Legislature Week 6: You won’t miss them while they’re gone

March 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

I have good news and bad news.

First the good news: For the next two weeks, the Alabama Legislature will be on break – a much deserved vacation from the grueling 3-day work weeks and mostly 6-hour days spent thinking hard about stuff.

But here’s the bad news: they weren’t off this week, which means we need to recap all the ways you got hosed over the past three days.
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Alabama Legislature Week 3: Take the gun, leave the backpack

February 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s hard to believe that we’re already through Week 3 in the 2017 Regular Session.

Actually, wait, no it’s not. It’s very believable, since these folks work like four hours per day. They showed up at 1 on Tuesday and bounced by early afternoon on Thursday. And somewhere in the middle they found time to criticize other people for taking state money and not doing enough work.
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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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Legislators consider “new” budgeting methods

February 1, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The regular legislative session of the Alabama Legislature is set to convene in less than two weeks, but legislators are already considering another change to the State’s budgeting models in both the General Fund and the Education Trust Fund.

On Tuesday, members of the House and Senate General Fund and Education Trust Fund budget committees met in Montgomery to hear pitches for two different types of budgeting models: evidence-based budgeting for the General Fund and outcome-based budgeting for the Education Trust Fund.

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