Voting Rights Act decision won’t affect redistricting suit, says attorney

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The Supreme Court’s decision to strike out a major section of the Voting Rights Act likely will not affect a pending lawsuit brought by black legislators against the 2012 redrawing of Alabama’s legislative districts. The suit, filed last year, argues Republican lawmakers who drew the maps violated Section 2 of the 1965 law, which prohibits [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley: No Medicaid expansion ‘at the present time’

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If Medicaid is a boat, Gov. Robert Bentley and other state officials are hoping a bill overhauling the system will patch any holes in the hull. But can it take on more passengers? After a ceremonial signing of a Medicaid overhaul bill Wednesday, Bentley aid no. At least for now. “My goal is to create [...]

Jim McClendon announces Senate candidacy, creating GOP battle with Jerry Fielding

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Rep. Jim McClendon said Tuesday he would seek the Senate District 11 seat next year, setting up a primary battle with first-term Sen. Jerry Fielding, R-Sylacauga, who says he plans to seek re-election. McClendon, a Republican from Springville, chairs the House Health Committee. First elected to the House in 2002, McClendon said in a phone [...]

Medicaid changes headed to Gov. Robert Bentley

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Legislation that would make significant changes to the delivery of Medicaid — changes aimed at improving outcomes and reducing costs — is headed to Gov. Robert Bentley for signature. The House of Representatives Tuesday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, that would divide the state into regions, served by groups called regional care [...]

Do not expect medical marijuana in Alabama

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Some other states have approved medical marijuana, and even the recreational use of marijuana, but do not expect Alabama to legalize the use of marijuana for any purpose any time soon. Supporters of medical marijuana had their opportunity to advocate for the benefits for legalization on Wednesday after pushing for months for a hearing before [...]