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 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 [...]

Senate abruptly adjourns during debate over drug testing of certain public assistance recipients

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The Senate abruptly adjourned Tuesday afternoon in the middle of a debate over a bill requiring drug testing of public assistance applicants with prior drug convictions. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, who moved for the adjournment, said after Tuesday’s session that he understood amendments to the legislation — one of several public assistance [...]

Public assistance legislation scheduled to go before Senate

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The Senate Tuesday afternoon is scheduled to take up several bills regulating and, in some cases, restricting use of and qualification for public assistance in the state. The five pieces of legislation would also require drug testing for certain public assistance recipients, and make it a crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison [...]

Taxpayer Bill of Rights legislation stalls in Senate

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The Alabama Senate Tuesday afternoon carried over legislation that would significantly overhaul the tax appeals process in the state, following a lengthy debate on the floor. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood and a Republican priority for the session, was passed by the House on January 19. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, [...]