Latest Alabama State Legislature News

Shelby endorses Britt in Alabama Senate race

Jun. 11, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby endorsed Katie Britt, his former chief of staff, in the GOP primary for his Senate seat, calling her the “best-qualified candidate to come along in a long time.” Shelby is retiring at the end of his term, igniting a...

Mom of shooting victim, 18, given honorary diploma for him

Jun. 04, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A woman whose 18-year-old son was shot to death just months before his high school graduation has received an honorary diploma for him from the principal and school system superintendent. Cecilia Newby also was given a graduation cap and tassel for...

Most inmates excluded from new sentence reduction incentive

May. 30, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have approved a program that would allow some state inmates to receive up to a year off their sentence by completing vocational or other training, although most prisoners will not be allowed to participate. An estimated 2,500...

Appeals court upholds conviction in Alabama bribery scheme

May. 28, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a coal executive and an attorney who were accused of bribing a former Alabama legislator to sidetrack an environmental cleanup in Birmingham, a prosecutor said Friday. The 11th U.S. Circuit...

Ivey vetoes delay of 3rd grade reading promotion requirement

May. 27, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday vetoed legislation to delay next year’s high-stakes requirement to hold back third graders who aren’t reading at grade level, a postponement lawmakers wanted after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted classrooms. ...

Ivey faces decision on promotion requirement for 3rd graders

May. 26, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted classrooms, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey faces a decision whether to delay next year's high-stakes requirement to hold back third-graders who aren't reading on grade level. Ivey has through Thursday to sign...

Alabama governor signs bill to ban curbside voting

May. 26, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed legislation to ban curbside voting in the state. Ivey's office announced she signed the bill by Republican Rep. Wes Allen of Troy that would forbid election workers from setting up curbside areas for...

Alabama governor signs 'vaccine passport' ban

May. 24, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed legislation banning so-called vaccine passports as Alabama becomes the latest state to try to prohibit proof of a coronavirus vaccination to enter a business, school or event. The legislation by Republican Sen....

Lawmakers say special session possible on prisons

May. 22, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers see the possibility of a special session on prison construction this summer as Gov. Kay Ivey's plan to rent prisons from private companies has been hit by setbacks. The lease plan faces a June 1 deadline for the companies to...

Ivey signs bill allowing K-12 schools to teach yoga

May. 20, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday signed legislation to allow public schools to teach yoga, overturning a ban put in place 27 years ago at the urging of conservative groups. The legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jeremy Gray, a former...