Death penalty secrecy legislation moves forward in Senate

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A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would keep those involved in the manufacture and distribution of drugs used in executions shielded from public view. However, further negotiations over the legislation remain before it emerges in the Senate. The key question is language that, as passed the House, would prevent discovery and admission of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 approves package of public assistance bills

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The Alabama Senate Wednesday evening passed five bills regulating and, in some cases, restricting the use of and qualification for public benefits. The approval of the legislation was relatively smooth, a day after Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, abruptly adjourned the Senate during a debate over one of the bills, following attempts to [...]