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Alabama Senate ​a​pproves ​p​lan to ​build up to three new prisons

The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved a state prison construction plan, taking significant steps to solve the long-standing crisis in Alabama’s prisons. After nearly three hours of...

Steve Flowers: Bringing Alabama sales tax into 21st-century

My tradition for over two decades has been to give my children money for Christmas. Under this system, there is no returning of items....

Steve Flowers: Alabama political stories that flew under the radar in...

While the presidential race played out this year, several things happened in Alabama politics that went under the radar. First, a federal appeals court upheld...

Alabama legislative preview: May 3 — May 4, 2016

Two days. That's all Alabama's state lawmakers have to complete their legislative priorities for the year. Some bills will end up languishing in the...

State bureaucrats killed anti-earmarking bill, says sponsor Cam Ward

When Sen. Cam Ward proposed an anti-earmarking bill, it made sense to the many fiscal hawks in conservative-dominated Montgomery. Alabama sets aside 91 percent of its General...

Senate committee hears arguments over decriminalization of cannabis oil

The Senate Judiciary Committee met Wednesday in a room filled to the brim with desperate families and ailing children. The contingent was on hand...

Proposal circulating in Montgomery would close state primary elections

While Alabamians have already voted in the this year's Presidential Preference Primaries, that hasn't ended the conversation in 2016 about the state's elections. A plan...

Senate committee greenlights Ten Commandments for display on school, state property

With little discussion, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to SB97 from Sen. Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed...

Prison reform bill passes committee, moves forward to full Senate

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on General Fund Taxation and Finance passed the long-debated Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act, clearing its path to go before...

Senate Rules panel quickly moves array of bills to Special Order...

In a meeting that lasted less than 10 minutes, the Senate Rules Committee approved a number of bills for addition to the Special Order...

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