Senate approves $1.8 billion General Fund budget

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The Senate Thursday approved a $1.8 billion budget that includes a one-time, $400 bonus for state employees, level-funding for insurance and additional money for security enhancements and improvements in the Department of Corrections. The budget passed the Senate 30 to 2. The House, which approved the General Fund on Feb. 26, will have to decide [...]

Alabama education budget could go to Gov. Robert Bentley today

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An education budget with more money for insurance but no funding for teacher pay raises or bonuses could go to Gov. Robert Bentley today. A conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Education Trust Fund budget met Thursday morning, and was expected to vote on a version to [...]

Death penalty secrecy legislation moves forward in Senate

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A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would keep those involved in the manufacture and distribution of drugs used in executions shielded from public view. However, further negotiations over the legislation remain before it emerges in the Senate. The key question is language that, as passed the House, would prevent discovery and admission of [...]

Senate committee approves 48 hour waiting period for abortions

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A Senate committee Wednesday afternoon approved legislation extending the waiting period for abortions from 24 to 48 hours, a week after the House of Representatives passed a package of anti-abortion legislation. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, would extend the current waiting period to allow physicians to provide the mother with materials on [...]

Senate approves one-time bonus for retirees

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The Alabama Senate Tuesday approved a one-time bonus for state retirees after a brief but sharp debate between Democrats and Republicans over the size of the bonus offered. The legislation, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, would give the bonus to Employees Retirement System (ERS) retirees or their beneficiaries. Beneficiaries would receive [...]