After toddler death in Auburn, Senate moves to mandate grease trap safety

February 14, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

After the death of a 3-year-old girl in Auburn last year, the Alabama State Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would require restaurants to ensure their grease traps are safe and properly secured.

The bill, proposed by Auburn Republican Sen. Tom Whatley, is named after Sadie Grace Andrews, a toddler who fell into a 6-foot grease trap at an Auburn ice creams shop in October 2017, drowning before her parents could find her.

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Sen. Whatley proposes changes to sex ed law to remove dated anti-LGBT language

February 12, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A state senator is proposing changes to Alabama’s sex education law that would remove dated, blatantly anti-LGBT language and make other portions of the code more scientifically accurate.

Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, is sponsoring the bill, which would remove discriminatory language from state law directing educators to teach that homosexuality is a criminal offense and an unacceptable lifestyle.

SB269, which is waiting for a hearing in the Senate Education and Youth Affairs Committee, would update the law that provides details on how educators should teach K-12 sex education courses.

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ACCA responds to article about resolution critical of Lathan

August 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Alabama County Commission Association (ACCA) Executive Director Sonny Brasfield spoke with the Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about our story earlier that day on a recent resolution the ACCA Board of Directors passed demanding that Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan retract and/or apologize for an email she sent during the Legislative Session criticizing Brasfield and the ACCA staff.

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More children with Autism will soon have access to needed therapy

May 22, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — More children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Alabama will soon have access to a needed but expensive therapy after the passage of one of this Session’s most-watched pieces of Legislation.

Last week, the Legislature approved a bill that would force insurance companies to provide insurance coverage for an Autism Spectrum Therapy called Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy.

Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill Friday afternoon, surrounded by members of the Autism community and the bill’s sponsors and strongest proponents in the Senate, where the bill was health up, Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) and Sen. Tom Whatley (R-Auburn). Rep. Jim Patterson (R-Meridianville) sponsored the bill in the House.

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Payday Loan Legislation gets favorable report

May 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approve a plan to more closely regulate the Payday Loan business.

The Committee gave a favorable report to both Senate Bill 404 and House Bill 535. The two payday lender reform bills are the same plan, but SB404 was sponsored by state Senator Tom Whatley (R-Lee County) and HB535 by state Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville).
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Senator proposes bill to expand city internet service

March 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA— Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, has proposed several bills to expand allow a public municipal utility provider, Opelika Power Services, to expand its internet service outside of the municipal jurisdiction of the city of Opelika.

Whatley has proposed three different bills this legislative session, one would allow the utility provider, owned and backed by the city of Opelika, to expand its services outside of Opelika. One version would allow it to expand into four counties surrounding Lee County. Current Alabama law doesn’t allow municipal service providers to expand beyond their municipal jurisdiction.

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Alabama GOP Delegates Having a Good Time As Republican Convention Officially Nominates Trump

July 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Donald J. Trump won the Republican nomination by a landslide on the first ballot. Alabama Republican Primary voters voted overwhelming for the New York City billionaire businessman and reality TV star and Alabama’s delegation to the convention kept faith with its voters and gave most of the state’s delegates to Mr. Trump.

Alabama’s convention delegation chairman, US Senator Jeff Sessions (R) announced, “The great state of Alabama; the home of national champion football teams Alabama and Auburn; the home of the Saturn V rocket that took us to the moon; the place where we had two of the greatest Trump rallies in the nation’s history (Mobile and Huntsville) is proud to cast its votes for the next President of the United States Donald J Trump.”
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Senator’s Fiancée Represented in Lawsuit By His Consultant

February 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Sen. Tom Whatley’s (R-Auburn) fiancée, Lindsey Waits, is involved in a lawsuit with Wells Fargo over a property dispute that involves the Tuscaloosa home she leased in 2012. Waits is represented by a Fairhope-based attorney, who Whatley lists as a consultant on his campaign finance report.

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Waits is being represented by attorney Darrell Wayne Grimsley, Jr., who began working on her case in April 2014.
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Public Hearing on Bill to Double Amount of Payday Loan

May 7, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 6, a public hearing was held in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on SB446.  SB446 was sponsored by State Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn).

Sen. Whatley said that SB446 was needed to level the playing field for Alabama Pay Day Loan lenders who face competition from the internet.  Whatley said that his bill takes the maximum limit for a payday loan from $500 to up to $1000.  I can go online and borrow $1500 from online lenders.  Our guys are limited to $500.  “What this bill does is protect the Alabama free market society.” Whatley’s bill takes the limit from $500 to $1000.
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Catfish Farmers Want Truth in Labeling on Alabama Menus

March 10, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Farm-raised Catfish is big business in Alabama. Farmers in Alabama and Mississippi grow some of the best grain-fed catfish in the world in carefully managed farm ponds across the State. Alabamians have grown up eating this catfish. It is the staple of a Southern diet.

However, when you go to a restaurant in Alabama, the catfish you order may not be an Alabama catfish, and worse, that catfish may not even be a catfish.
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