Latest Alabama State Legislature News

Auburn renames street named for convicted Alabama speaker

Jun. 3, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The city of Auburn is changing the name of a street named after a former Alabama House speaker convicted of felony ethics charges. City Council members approved changing the name of Mike Hubbard Boulevard to Bent Creek Road on Tuesday, the Opelika-Auburn News reported. The city’s...

FAA chief called before Senate to testify about Boeing plane

Jun. 2, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top aviation regulator is going back to Capitol Hill to explain the government’s oversight of the Boeing 737 Max, which remains grounded after two deadly crashes. The Senate Commerce Committee said Tuesday that Federal Aviation Administration chief Stephen...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo Jeff Sessions talks with the media after voting in Alabama's primary election in Mobile, Ala. President Donald Trump's campaign sent a letter demanding his former attorney general Sessions stop tying himself to Trump in campaign materials. The letter by The March 31 letter sent by Michael S. Glassner, chief operating officer of Donald J. Trump for President, accused Sessions of attempting to misleadingly promote connections to Trump. The Trump campaign reiterated their support for Tommy Tuberville in the GOP runoff. The Sessions camp said Thursday, April 2, 2020, that Alabama voters will decide the race. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Sessions, running for Senate, rejects Trump's criticism

May. 23, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sessions pushed back at President Donald Trump’s criticism Saturday, telling Trump that he was “damn fortunate” Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. Sessions responded pointedly on Twitter after Trump called Sessions untrustworthy and...

Special election set for House seat

May. 19, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to replace a central Alabama legislator who announced she is resigning to take a position with the Trump administration. Rep. April Weaver of House District 49, consisting of Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties, announced her...

Legislature approves Ivey plan for COVID relief cash

May. 18, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) — Alabama lawmakers agreed Monday to give back Gov. Kay Ivey control over the state’s $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief funds, ending a public tug-of-war over the money that strained the relationship between the Republican governor and some senators. Lawmakers approved Ivey's...

Sessions defends recusal in letter to Alabama voters

May. 16, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sessions, the former Alabama senator seeking to reclaim his seat after serving as President Donald Trump’s attorney general, has written an open letter to Alabama voters explaining his recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. ...

Ivey administration inches forward on plan to lease prisons

May. 15, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s administration inched forward with a plan to lease three mega-prisons built by private companies as the Department of Corrections on Friday opened bids from two companies seeking the contracts. Ivey’s office said they are now in a...

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday, May 8, 2020. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Ivey won't sign spending bill, wants plan for COVID-19 cash

May. 14, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday that she is asking lawmakers to change a spending bill to ensure the state’s $1.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds is “put to use for the purposes Congress and President Trump intended.” The Republican governor and...

Daphne Jackson works on Shelby White as stylists at The Nook on 7th Street in Tuscaloosa, Ala., do hair Monday, May 11, 2020, for the first time since mid-March, when personal contact businesses were shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

Marsh's office: COVID-19 money won't be used for Statehouse

May. 13, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate said Wednesday that the state’s coronavirus relief funds will not be used to build a new Statehouse, putting to rest an idea that had created an immediate backlash. Spending $200 million for a new Statehouse was on a list, along...

Alabama lawmaker resigning to join Trump administration

May. 12, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A member of the Alabama House of Representatives said Tuesday she is resigning to join the Trump administration. Rep. April Weaver, who previously worked in hospital administration, did not elaborate on her new job in a statement. But she said she was excited to be able to use her...