Tag: Alabama Legislature
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.
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.
MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed state Rep. Bill Poole as the state’s next finance director, her office announced Friday. The appointment is effective Aug. 1. Read more.
MONTGOMERY — A second bill targeting how theories on race and bias are taught has been pre-filed in the Alabama House, this one applying to education institutions and the training state employees and contractors receive. Read more.
MONTGOMERY — A bill that would change the definition of riot in state law and increase penalties for those who participate in one has been pre-filed for the 2022 regular legislative session. Read more.
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.
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.”
MONTGOMERY — Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, and Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, on Tuesday said they both plan to seek the Alabama House’s top leadership spot after current Speaker Mac McCutcheon leaves office next year. Read more
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.
A bill to block the medical treatment of transgender youth in Alabama, one of the most controversial bills of the Legislature’s 2021 session, will be back in 2022. Read more.