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 [...]

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: Alvin Holmes calls Clarence Thomas “Uncle Tom”

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It’s no surprise that Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, burst out on the House floor last week with comments that were, well, seemingly random. Rep. John Merrill, R-Tuscaloosa, was discussing his bill that would essentially change the state test structure for professional engineers and land surveyors. The bill gave the State Board of Licensure for Professional [...]

David Grimes to challenge John Knight for Montgomery House seat

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The long-expected Joe Hubbard-Dimitri Polizos House battle is off, but Montgomery will still see two State House veterans run against each other this November. Former Rep. David Grimes, R-Montgomery, who narrowly lost his seat to Hubbard in 2010, has qualified to run against Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, in House District 77, which encompasses downtown Montgomery [...]

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 [...]