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 [...]

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 [...]

Senate approves $5.9 billion Education Trust Fund budget

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The Alabama Senate Thursday voted 21 to 10 to approve a $5.9 billion Education Trust Fund budget that includes funding to hire 250 new middle school teachers, give teachers a one percent bonus and cut $10.8 million from Alabama State University’s budget. The budget now goes to the House of Representatives. In the local delegation, [...]

Senate passes bill banning harassment of hunters, fishers with drones

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The Senate Tuesday approved legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to harass someone hunting or fishing with a drone. Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, the sponsor of the legislation, said Tuesday that the legislation came out of a conversation he had with lawmakers in other states who had experienced similar issues. “Animal rights activist groups [...]

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 [...]