Senate gun bill stalls amid sheriffs’ concerns, legislative maneuvering

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A bill allowing drivers to carry loaded pistols in their cars without a permit Thursday trapped the Alabama Senate in a crossfire between issues of gun rights and local revenue. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, would allow individuals to carry a pistol in their car without a concealed carry permit. Individuals would [...]

Senate committee approves Common Core opt-out bill

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The Senate Education Policy committee Wednesday morning approved legislation that would allow local school districts to opt-out of curricula based on Common Core standards, but the leader of the Senate said he doesn’t expect it to pass the chamber. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, would allow local districts to opt out of [...]

Common Core bill set for public hearing in Senate committee

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The Senate Education Policy committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing legislation sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, that would allow local school districts to opt out of the state’s curriculum for schools, based on the Common Core. The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. and is supposed to last no more [...]

State Schools Superintendent Tommy Bice sharply critical of Common Core bill

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State Superintendent Tommy Bice Friday strongly criticized a bill filed by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, which would allow local school districts the opportunity to use curricula not associated with the Common Core Standards. In the statement, released a few days before the Senate’s Education Policy Committee is set to hold a hearing on the legislation, [...]

Pay day loan database approved by House committee

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The House Financial Services Committee Wednesday approved a compromise pay day regulation bill that would establish a central database to track loans, but drop an earlier provision that would have capped them at 36 percent. The new bill, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham and brokered in part by House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, represents [...]