Judge denies attorneys’ fees for Shelby County in voting rights case

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 WASHINGTON — Shelby County won the case that led the Supreme Court to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act, but that victory doesn’t mean the federal government should pay the county’s lawyers, a judge ruled last week.     Washington D.C.-based lawyers for Shelby County had asked for $2 million in fees for the [...]

Roby named to select committee on Benghazi

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Martha Roby was appointed to the select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. House Speaker John Boehner announced the appointments on the House floor mid-day Friday. Roby is one of seven Republicans on the panel. Democratic leaders have not yet announced whether they will appoint their [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley’s ETF proposal includes spending outside Rolling Reserve cap

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Gov. Robert Bentley’s 2015 education budget proposal raises an unusual, but not unprecedented question for lawmakers: Does the Education Trust Fund budget pay for all school funding in the state, or is it a very, very large part of a bigger picture? The governor’s office goes with the latter. That, they say, is why the [...]

Alabama Senate approves creation of task force to study prison overcrowding

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The Alabama Senate Thursday approved the creation of a new commission that would work with the Council on State Governments to determine the causes of the state’s prison overcrowding problem and present solutions. The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, would create a 26-member body called the Prison Reform Task Force, which would take [...]

Lawmakers seek to strengthen Open Meetings Act

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Gov. Robert Bentley and legislators Thursday announced a bill they said would strengthen provisions of the state’s Open Meetings Act, which critics said was weakened by three recent Alabama Supreme Court decisions. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mike Hill, R-Columbiana and Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster and filed Wednesday, would clarify that the Alabama Legislature and [...]