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 [...]

Rep. Jim Barton resigning to lobby, becomes latest House leader to step down

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Another key member of House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s leadership team is resigning from the House with General Fund budget chairman Jim Barton announcing on Wednesday that he was leaving to join a Montgomery lobbying firm. Barton, R-Mobile, is joining the governmental affairs and lobbying firm Kinney Capitol Group, whose lobbying clients include the Alabama Retail [...]

Charlotte Meadows reports over $110,000 for Montgomery House race

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The election date hasn‘t been set yet, but Charlotte Meadows has already amassed a sizable war chest for the House District 74 special election. In filings with the Alabama Secretary of State’s office, the former president of the Montgomery County Board of Education, reported having $110,420 on hand — more than former Montgomery County Probate [...]

Secretary of State’s office: Joe Hubbard unlikely to qualify for special election

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It’s a question of time and place, with two very different interpretations. The Alabama Secretary of State’s office said Thursday that the current boundaries of House District 74 – being vacated at the end of the month by Rep. Jay Love, R-Montgomery — will hold for a special election expected to be called for the [...]

Rep. Jay Love to step down from House seat

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One of the most powerful members of the Alabama House of Representatives will be stepping down from his seat, effective Aug. 1. Rep. Jay Love, R-Montgomery, chairman of the House Ways and Means Education committee, said in a statement Wednesday he was leaving to “promote education reforms” and “pursue various business opportunities.” In a phone [...]