Under the Dome: Corrections funding with specific instructions; nullification; 10 Commandments debated

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Any more money for the Department of Corrections will come with specific instructions on its use. Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund chair Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said Thursday that lawmakers were working on additional funding for the hard-pressed department, which for years has dealt with overcrowding and a lack of staffing. A budget approved by [...]

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 [...]

Alvin Holmes files bill to repeal new Alabama gun law

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Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, filed a bill late Thursday that would repeal a sweeping new gun rights law passed by the Legislature last spring. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, made it easier to obtain gun permits, and allows individuals with concealed carry permits to take their weapons to their workplaces, if the [...]

Holmes opposes assault weapons, but acknowledges “crazy” can kill someone with a .22

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State Rep. Alvin Holmes has three guns, all “little .38 specials,” and said he is a supporter of the Second Amendment, but said he is opposed to citizens owning assault weapons. “People do not need those kinds of weapons to protect their families and protect their homes,” Holmes said this week. He supports people owning [...]

Rep. Alvin Holmes claims speaker misled people, House members on lawmaker travel

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Rep. Alvin Holmes said Thursday that House Speaker Mike Hubbard misled the public and lawmakers when he sent out a memo on June 8 stating that “no members will be approved for in-state or out-of-state travel through the remainder of the fiscal year.” Holmes said the state reimbursed lawmakers for travel before the end of [...]