Under the Dome: Senate runs into filibuster on 1st day

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The Alabama Senate on Tuesday returned for its 2014 session and got back to a common activity of the 2013 session: Slowing things down. Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, concerned over proposed legislation that would change the makeup of the Birmingham Water Works Board, asked Senate staff to read the titles of all introduced bills at [...]

Legislation aims to discourage lawmakers leaving office for lobbying jobs

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Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, filed legislation Thursday aimed at discouraging lawmakers from leaving office early for lobbying positions, following a summer where several elected officials did just that. Under current law, legislators who leave their office early are forbidden from lobbying their former chamber for two years, but can lobby members of [...]

Beth Chapman to work as consultant for Alabama Farmers Federation

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Secretary of State Beth Chapman plans to work as a consultant for the Alabama Farmers’ Federation after leaving office at the end of the month. Chapman said in an interview Monday afternoon she would help the organization recruit candidates for the 2014 campaign cycle. “I think we share a lot of the same conservative values,” [...]

Secretary of State Beth Chapman: ‘Once in a lifetime’ opportunity led to departure

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After 10 years in elected office, Secretary of State Beth Chapman will resign the last day of this month to take a job in the private sector. Following her announcement Monday, Gov. Robert Bentley said he would move quickly to appoint a new secretary of state. He said, and a spokeswoman later confirmed, that he [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley says he’ll move quickly to appoint new Secretary of State

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Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday he would move quickly to appoint a new Secretary of State, following the announcement that Beth Chapman would resign from the office effective Aug. 1. “We will do that very soon, so we can ensure a smooth transition in the office,” the governor said.  Bentley said he is developing a [...]