Latest Alabama State Legislature News

Communities oppose new state mega-prisons near them

Oct. 10, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's administration is negotiating with private companies to build three new mega-prisons as part of a solution to the state's ongoing prison crisis, but some neighbors to the planned facilities aren't happy about it. Residents in Elmore and Bibb counties are...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Oct. 7, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Oct. 7 The Decatur Daily on Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Abreast cancer diagnosis doesn’t affect just the patient. It causes sorrow and fear for all the people who know the mother, grandmother, sister or wife confronting the disease. The statistics on...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 file photo, Mike Hubbard, former Alabama Speaker of the House, and his wife, Susan, arrive for a post trial hearing at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala..  Mike Hubbard reported Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 to a county detention center to begin the sentence after an  unsuccessful effort to overturn his conviction. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, Pool)

Alabama prosecutors oppose jailed speaker's bid for leniency

Sep. 23, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard doesn't deserve any reduction of his four-year prison sentence for ethics violations because he has not shown remorse and was convicted of serious crimes that undermined public trust, prosecutors told a judge. Responding to a bid from Hubbard...

Newspaper: Former Alabama lawmaker to plead guilty

Sep. 15, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama state senator plans to plead guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance charge under an agreement that would require him to pay a fine and waive his right to appeal. A plea deal for David Burkette was filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court Monday, the Montgomery...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 file photo, Mike Hubbard, former Alabama Speaker of the House, and his wife, Susan, arrive for a post trial hearing at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala..  Mike Hubbard reported Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 to a county detention center to begin the sentence after an  unsuccessful effort to overturn his conviction. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, Pool)

Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence

Sep. 11, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, for years once of the state's most influential politicians, reported to jail Friday to begin a prison sentence for his 2016 ethics conviction. Hubbard reported to the Lee County Detention Center in Opelika, according to jail records, to...

Special election set for seat of lawmaker arrested this week

Sep. 4, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A special election is set for the position of an Alabama state senator who resigned this week before being arrested on a misdemeanor campaign finance charge. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Friday the primary to fill the District 26 seat representing part of Montgomery County is...

Former lawmaker arrested on misdemeanor campaign charge

Sep. 3, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former state senator who resigned suddenly this week was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor campaign finance charges, the state attorney general announced. Former State Sen. David Burkette, 63, was arrested on charges of violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act during his run for...

Burkette resigns from Alabama Senate with no explanation why

Sep. 1, 2020 9:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Sen. David Burkette of Montgomery resigned from the Alabama Legislature, a spokeswoman for the governor said Tuesday. The Montgomery Democrat submitted his one-sentence resignation Tuesday to Ivey and Senate leadership. His resignation is effective immediately. Burkette did...

Special session possible to renew industrial incentives

Aug. 29, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two of Alabama's major industrial incentive acts that the state used to lure businesses will expire later this year without legislative action, raising the possibility that lawmakers could be called back to Montgomery for a special session. The Alabama Jobs Act, which provides...

Hearing next month for Alabama lawmaker accused of theft

Aug. 21, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state lawmaker facing theft charges has a preliminary hearing set for next month. Trey Norman, an attorney for state Rep. Will Dismukes, requested the hearing scheduled for Sept. 3 before Montgomery County District Court Judge Monet Gaines, al,com reported. Dismukes was elected to...