Tag: Alabama Legislature

Sen. Priscilla Dunn Won’t Seek Reelection, Candidates Line Up to Run

MONTGOMERY — Democratic State Sen. Priscilla Dunn won’t be running for reelection in 2022, and at least two current state representatives plan to run for the vacant seat.

Dunn’s husband, Grover Dunn, told Alabama Daily News on Monday that his wife would be retiring after finishing her last year in office.

State Reps. Louise Alexander, D-Bessemer, and Merika Coleman said they plan to run for the seat. Rep. Rod Scott, D-Fairfield, said he has been considering running for the Senate seat but has not officially decided.
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Bill Would Offer More Protections for Pregnant Workers in Alabama

MONTGOMERY — A pre-filled bill in the Alabama Legislature seeks to offer more protections for pregnant workers by outlining accommodations that employers would be required to take supporting their health. House Bill 1 from Rep. Neil Rafferty, D-Birmingham, would require employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” related to pregnancy, childbirth or other related medical conditions. Read more.

State Leaders Discuss Building New, Renovating Old Prisons

State leaders are now discussing building two new prisons and renovating others in an effort to improve the state’s dangerous and crowded correctional system.

Legislative and Alabama Department of Corrections leaders met Thursday in Montgomery for the third time in less than a month to discuss options. Another meeting is scheduled for next week, Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, told Alabama Daily News. Read more.

Committee to Analyze State’s Response to COVID-19

MONTGOMERY — A new joint legislative committee responsible for analyzing how the state responded to the COVID-19 pandemic — and help it prepare for future emergencies — met for the first time on Thursday.

“This is a fact-finding, not a fault-finding committee,” Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, said. He’s a co-chair of the Alabama Pandemic Response and Preparedness Committee, which includes many of the state’s top leaders and will put together a report on lessons learned in the last 15 months.

“The goal of this commission is to move forward,” Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed, R-Jasper, said.  “We don’t need to throw rocks about what we maybe should have done, or could have done, or what we did.”
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House Speaker Mac McCutcheon Will Not Seek Reelection

MONTGOMERY — House Speaker Mac McCutcheon will not run again for his House District 25 seat and, therefore, also will be retiring as speaker after the 2022 elections, Alabama Daily News has learned.

In an email to his House colleagues obtained by ADN, McCutcheon said he and his wife, Deb, made a family decision to “enjoy our golden years” away from the State House. Read more.