Latest Alabama State Legislature News

Negotiations, disagreements on use of state virus funds

Jan. 13, 2022 14:48 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers, attempting to decide how to spend more than $500 million in pandemic relief funds, on Thursday generally agreed on funding broadband and water and sewer projects but disagreed about whether to steer some money to state parks. Lawmakers...

Ivey: State must be 'smart' about pandemic relief funds

Jan. 11, 2022 20:42 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday urged lawmakers to use federal pandemic relief on longstanding problems such as broadband access and water and sewer infrastructure, but also praised Alabama's legal effort to block the Biden administration's vaccine mandates. Ivey...

Text of Ivey's State of the State Address

Jan. 11, 2022 20:00 PM EST

Text of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's State of the State address. Remarks as prepared. Lieutenant Governor Ainsworth, President Pro Tempore Reed, Speaker McCutcheon, Speaker Pro Tempore Gaston, members of the Alabama Legislature, Chief Justice Parker, justices of the Alabama Supreme...

Alabama lawmakers begin session amid COVID surge, elections

Jan. 11, 2022 18:02 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers returned to Montgomery on Tuesday to begin the 2022 legislative session against a backdrop of rising coronavirus cases and looming elections, faced with major decisions including how to use the state's remaining pandemic relief funds. ...

Special session possible on relief fund spending

Jan. 09, 2022 16:24 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers say there may be a special session on how to spend the state's remaining pandemic relief funds. Key lawmakers said there are discussions with the governor's office on calling a special session in which lawmakers would focus only on the...

House GOP backs end of handgun permit requirement

Jan. 05, 2022 19:47 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives said Wednesday that abolishing the permit requirement to carry a concealed handgun will be among their top priorities in the upcoming legislative session. The Alabama House Republican Caucus announced a...

Lawmakers face decisions on $1.5 billion in relief funds

Jan. 01, 2022 10:54 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers face decisions in the coming months on how to spend more than $1.5 billion in pandemic relief funds, and legislative leaders say infrastructure projects — such as broadband and sewer projects — are expected to be a spending priority. ...

Issues to watch in the 2022 legislative session

Jan. 01, 2022 10:39 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery on Jan. 11 for the 2022 legislative session. Here are some issues to watch as the session begins. PANDEMIC RELIEF FUNDS Lawmakers face decisions on how to spend over $1.5 billion in state relief funds...

Alabama Legislature getting upgraded website

Dec. 31, 2021 11:42 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature is getting a new website where users can track legislation and view live proceedings. The new site will be used in the legislative session that begins Jan. 11. The Alabama Legislature’s website address will remain the same at...

Gambling legislation again before lawmakers in '22 session

Dec. 18, 2021 07:53 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lottery and casino legislation will again be introduced in Alabama's upcoming legislative session — with the goal of getting the measure before voters in November — but the outlook for the proposal is unclear as lawmakers face primaries this spring. ...