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 [...]

Stalled in Senate, Accountability Act change moves in House

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With Senate Republicans still divided over proposed changes to the state’s controversial Accountability Act — and time running out to get any changes approved this session — the House of Representatives Tuesday night passed legislation that would make comparatively minor changes to the law. Arguments over an income limit on tax credits for students in [...]

New abortion clinic regulations approved by Alabama House of Representatives

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The Alabama House of Representatives Tuesday approved legislation that would impose new regulations on the state’s abortion clinics. The vote was 73 to 23, and came after about three hours of debate. The bill now goes to the Senate. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mary Sue McCurkin, R-Pelham, would require physicians who perform abortions to [...]

House Democrats reelect leadership

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Members of the House Democratic Caucus have reelected their leadership for the next two years and are returning Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden as minority leader. The bylaws of the caucus require the caucus members to reelect their leaders every two years. Other leaders include: Thomas Jackson of Thomasville as caucus chair; Barbara Boyd of [...]