Gov. Bentley signs 2015 education budget; opens door for special session on teacher pay

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Gov. Robert Bentley Friday morning signed the 2015 education budget, passed by the Alabama Legislature last week after a struggle between the Governor and legislative leaders over a teacher pay raise. The budget does not include the two percent wage increase Bentley sought. However, the Governor said Friday he reserved the right to call the [...]

Pay day loan database bill advances in Senate; title loan reform may be dead

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After a very bumpy trip through the legislative process, pay day loan regulation may be on its way up. Title loan reform, meanwhile, seems on its way down. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Tuesday approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, that would establish a central database aimed at enforcing a state [...]

Pay day reform bill may return in reduced form

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Seemingly dead just a few weeks ago, lawmakers plan to revive a proposal to regulate pay day lending in the state, albeit in a more modest form. The House Financial Services Committee Wednesday is scheduled to bring back legislation sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, which appeared defeated after being referred to a subcommittee on [...]

Under the Dome: Lawmakers may revisit rules after losing days to winter weather

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Lawmakers said they had no choice but to convene last week, despite weather that virtually shut down the state. It’s prompting discussion that the rules governing the Legislature should be changed to prevent it from happening again. The House convened Tuesday with only 40 of the chamber’s 102 members present, and adjourned for lack of [...]

Snow and icy weather cause cancellation of Alabama House session

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With icy weather making travel from many parts of the state impossible, the Alabama House of Representatives Tuesday adjourned without having a quorum of members present. Only 40 of the House’s 102 current members answered the roll when the chamber convened after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The House needs a majority of representatives present to conduct [...]