Latest Alabama State Legislature News

State: Ex-speaker Hubbard's words show apology was insincere

Nov. 16, 2021 20:57 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Convicted former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard told people he was innocent and “held my nose” as he signed a letter apologizing for his crimes, according to state prosecutors who used Hubbard’s own phone calls and emails from prison to cast doubt on his...

Lawsuits challenge new legislative, congressional lines

Nov. 15, 2021 20:37 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A pair of lawsuits announced Monday are challenging Alabama's new congressional and legislative districts as racially gerrymandered to diminish the voting power of Black and minority voters. The lawsuits argue the new districts unlawfully pack...

Last in math: Alabama politicians look for ways to close gap

Nov. 14, 2021 11:59 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama students for years have ranked at the bottom in a national math assessment. That has led one lawmaker to propose an overhaul in math instruction that would include more math coaches in schools, summer programs and interventions....

Ivey seeks delay of 3rd grade reading promotion requirement

Nov. 10, 2021 19:51 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Wednesday that she will ask lawmakers to delay a requirement to hold back third graders who don't meet reading benchmarks but said the state must strengthen efforts to boost math and reading scores. The Republican...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Nov. 10, 2021 16:27 PM EST

Dothan Eagle. November 8, 2021. Editorial: Self-serving The ink is barely dry on the redistricting maps the Alabama Legislature passed last week, and there’s already a challenge filed in the courts. The only wonder is what took...

Alabama Gov. Ivey signs protections for unvaccinated workers

Nov. 05, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed employment protections for workers who claim a religious or health reason for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The Republican governor signed the legislation a day after it was approved by the...

Alabama lawmakers approve job protections for unvaccinated

Nov. 05, 2021 00:55 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In an effort to fight COVID-19 vaccination requirements on workers, Alabama lawmakers on Thursday approved legislation to prevent companies from firing workers who claim a religious or medical exemption. Republicans said they were responding to...

Alabama GOP advances bill for vaccine mandate exemptions

Nov. 03, 2021 22:03 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday advanced legislation aimed at limiting companies’ ability to fire workers who say they can't get vaccinated against COVID-19 for religious or medical reasons. The House Health Committee approved an amended...

Lawmakers give final OK to congressional, legislative maps

Nov. 03, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to new congressional, legislative and school board districts for the state to use over the next decade, but both Republicans and Democrats expect the plans to be litigated in court. The plans...

Alabama seeks to purge racist language from Constitution

Nov. 03, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Constitution, written in 1901, still has language stating that schools should be segregated by race and people are to pay poll taxes to vote. The Committee on the Recompilation of the Constitution on Wednesday approved a plan to strip...