Latest Alabama State Legislature News

Alabama seeks to purge racist sections of constitution

Oct. 16, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Constitution still has language stating that schools should be segregated by race and people are to pay poll taxes to vote. While those provisions have long been invalidated by court rulings, they remain in the state’s chief...

Ivey plans special session in October on redistricting

Oct. 14, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will gather later this month to draw new legislative and congressional district lines, a process undertaken every 10 years after census numbers are released, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday. The special session will begin Oct....

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Oct. 06, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

Dothan Eagle. October 5, 2021. Editorial: A cautionary tale Municipalities around the state should pay close attention to a cautionary tale unfolding in the city of Mobile, where a runoff election this week offered voters an unusual choice between a...

Alabama bypasses bid process to move fast on prison builds

Oct. 04, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama intends to move quickly on building new prisons under a plan that taps pandemic relief funds and could skip the normal bidding process for the construction of two supersize facilities. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed into law the...

The Latest: 92% of Denver’s municipal employees vaccinated

Oct. 01, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

DENVER — At least 92% of Denver’s municipal employees were vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday, a day after the city’s vaccine mandate took effect in a bid to slow the spread of the virus during the fall and winter, according to a review of city compliance data. ...

Alabama lawmakers OK plan to build prisons with virus cash

Oct. 01, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Amid a national debate over the use of pandemic relief funds, Alabama lawmakers swiftly approved a plan Friday to tap $400 million from the American Rescue Plan to help build two super-size prisons, brushing off criticism from congressional Democrats that the money...

State accepts county's payment for removing rebel monument

Oct. 01, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The state dropped its objection to ending a lawsuit over Madison County's removal of a Confederate monument after officials clarified the source of the $25,000 that was used to pay a fine for taking down the rebel memorial. Attorney General Steve...

Prisons, border wall: How GOP is looking to use COVID money

Sep. 30, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When Democrats passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Republicans called it liberal “pet projects” disguised as pandemic aid. But now that Republican governors and local leaders have the money in hand, they are using...

Alabama prison plan heads to final vote in Legislature

Sep. 30, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday continued to advance a $1.3 billion prison construction plan that would be partly funded with pandemic economic relief dollars, saying they are comfortable that the expenditure is allowed. The Senate Finance and...

Alabama House approves prison plan using virus funds

Sep. 29, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday headed toward swift approval of a prison construction package that would tap $400 million of the state’s pandemic relief funds to help pay for building three new lockups. The House of Representatives voted 74-26...