McClendon announces he will run for re-election to State Senate

August 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 28, 2017, State Senator Jim McClendon, R-Springville, announced that he will seek a second term in the Alabama Senate. McClendon was elected to the seat in 2014.

Sen, McClendon represents Senate District 11, which covers portions of Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega counties.

McClendon said in a statement, “I’ll support legislation that helps small businesses grow and create good-paying jobs.”

McClendon added, “I want to focus on making the lives of hardworking Alabama families better, and I’ll continue my efforts to fight for the conservative values we all share.”

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Trip Pittman addresses St. Clair County Republicans

June 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 15, 2017, US Senate Candidate Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) was in Pell City addressing the St. Clair County Republican Executive Committee and friends.

State Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) introduced State Senator Pittman (R-Montrose). Sen. McClendon said, “We have worked together for 9 years. Trip is probably the most fiscally conservative legislator we have in Montgomery.”

Sen. Trip Pittman said, “It is great to be with you, people who care about our country and our state.” It is an honor to serve with Jim in the legislature.”
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Dermatologists applaud Ivey’s signing of Sunscreen Bill

May 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 29, 2017, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) applauded Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s (R) signing of Legislation ensuring that children are protected from dangerous sun exposure at school and camp.

Alabama is the fourth State to pass this law in 2017.

The law, deemed SUNucate, eliminates barriers prohibiting students from possessing and using over-the-counter sunscreen by exempting these products from requirements implemented by broad reaching ”medication bans,” such as the need for a physician’s note or prescription.
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Committee Approves Bill Allowing Students to Use Sunscreen

February 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 the Alabama Senate Health Committee voted to give a favorable report to allow school children to use sunscreen. Senate Bill 63 was sponsored by Senate Health Committee Chairman Jim McClendon (R from Springville).

Sen. McClendon said, “This is a pretty simple bill.” Students would be authorized to use sunscreen at school.

Sen. Paul Bussman (R from Cullman) asked, “Can you explain why this is necessary?”
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Autism bill carried over

February 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the Alabama Senate Health Committee voted to carry over a bill that would have provided funding for early intervention in Autism cases.

SB57 is sponsored by State Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa). Sen. Allen said that the bill would have provided for families with autistic children.

Last year the Governor formed a study group that met for 8 months. Other states have insurance for families with Autism. Early intervention is a key in treating Autism. Sen. Cam Ward has a daughter with autism who received early intervention and she is fine. My great nephew is a non-performing autisitic person. Early intervention did not take place.
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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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Bentley, Lawmakers to Hash Out Troubled RCOs

November 10, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has called several lawmakers and other state officials to Montgomery for a Monday meeting on the status of the State’s troubled Regional Care Organizations.

“I assume he wants to discuss how this thing (RCOs) might be held together, if it can be,” said Sen. Jim McClendon, the chairman of the Senate Health committee.

McClendon will not attend Monday’s meeting due to a prior engagement. He said the meeting was initially set for Thursday but was rescheduled on Wednesday.
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Names Emerge to Become Alabama’s Next Senator

November 10, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 8, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump praised US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) for being the first member of the Senate to endorse his campaign.

Many media sources believe that Sen. Sessions will be appointed to a high-level cabinet position in the Trump Administration. On Wednesday, CNN reported that Sessions is being considered for Secretary of Defense. Talk radio host Mark Levine suggested that Sessions could serve as President Trump’s Attorney General. Sessions is also reportedly on the shortlist to head the Department of Homeland Security.
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Reaction to Senate’s Killing of Lottery Bill

August 30, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 25, as the debate in the Alabama House of Representatives raged on, about what their version of lottery bill SB3 should look like, and as more amendments were added, it became increasingly doubtful that the House and the Senate would be able to bridge the chasm between the two and concur.

The Senate appointed a conference committee just after midnight, when the House finally passed the bill on a reconsider motion (it originally failed). Instead, the Senate recessed until 10 am and promptly recessed again for two hours. When they came back, Democratic Senators, whose support had been essential to passing the bill in the first place, began filibustering the bill. After another recess the Senate voted “NO” on concurring with the bill and did not appoint a conference committee to resolve the issues with the House. SB3 is dead and there is not enough legislative days left in the Special Session (three) to pass a new bill from scratch or even those other lottery bills that were introduced but not yet acted upon by committees in their house of origin.
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Lottery Killed in Senate

August 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Early on Friday, August 26, a jubilant Governor Robert Bentley (R) said, “We came out with a victory from the House, not us, but a victory for the people of this state.” That Bentley and Bentley’s staff have absolutely no idea what is happening in in the Alabama legislature, could not be any more obvious than at that moment.

While the Governor was taking his victory lap after midnight with the exhausted capital press corps, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and lottery bill sponsor, Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville), were desperately trying to find a plan to save the lottery.
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