Senate committee approves bill to phase out state sales tax on groceries

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The Senate Finance and Taxation Education committee Wednesday approved legislation that would phase out the state’s sales tax on groceries over the next three years, replacing the lost revenue with a one percent increase in the state’s general rate. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, now goes to the full Senate for consideration. [...]

Bill to phase out state sales tax on groceries goes before Senate committee

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Virtually everyone at a Senate hearing Wednesday morning agreed that the state sales tax on groceries should be eliminated. But the question in 2014, as it has been for many years, is how to do it. For Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, the most practical approach is eliminating the state’s four percent sales tax on food [...]

Under the Dome: Accountability Act, meet Revolving Door

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A bill placed on the floor of the Senate undergoes substantial alteration, to the point where it can reasonably be viewed as an entirely different piece of legislation. One side warns, amid some tense scenes, that the changes violate the Constitution and could drag the state into court, while the other praises a major milestone [...]

Amid clashes, Alabama Senate expands and approves lobbying bill

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It started as a bill to close a lobbying loophole. It came out of the Senate Tuesday as a sweeping piece of legislation addressing everything from the Governor’s activities after leaving office to tickets to Alabama and Auburn football games. But the 33 to 0 approval came after the sponsor warned that the changes could [...]

Hank Sanders expects Alabama’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law to face repeal effort

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A Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday there would be an effort to repeal Alabama’s version of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in the next legislative session, but acknowledged it could be a difficult fight. “We know it will not just be uphill, but up mountain,” said Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, at a press conference. The Stand [...]