Alabama Republican Party opposes appointed school board
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Republican Party is against a proposal to replace the state's elected school board with one appointed by the governor.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama voters will decide next year whether they want to abolish the elected state school board and replace it with a commission appointed by the governor.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The elected Alabama state school board could be replaced with an appointed commission, under a measure approved Thursday by the state Senate.
Lawmakers urge special session on state prisons
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to call a special session as the state attempts to respond to scathing Department of Justice findings...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Saying the state has a broken system of education governance, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and the Republican Alabama Senate leader are seeking to replace the elected state school...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday postponed a vote on a proposed abortion ban after anger erupted in the state Senate when some Republicans stripped an exception for rape and...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State senators are expected to debate Alabama's proposed abortion ban next week.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Cam Ward said the panel will vote Wednesday...
Marsh won’t enter 2020 US Senate race
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh will not run for U.S. Senate next year.
Marsh had considered joining what is expected to be a crowded Republican field...
Alabama lawmakers head toward lottery vote
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawmakers are headed to a vote on lottery legislation next week, as supporters aim to change Alabama's status as one of the few states without the games.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers voted Tuesday to exempt economic developers from the state law that governs lobbyists, making permanent a temporary exemption that was approved last...
Alabama bill would allow tax refunds to fund border wall
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians would be able to donate part of their state income tax refunds to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a bill the state Senate advanced...
Alabama Senate approves repeal of Common Core standards
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate on Thursday voted to repeal the Common Core academic standards from public schools by the 2021-22 school year.
Gas tax proposal continues on legislative fast track
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama Senate committee approved a proposed 10-cent per gallon gasoline tax increase Monday, keeping the bill on the legislative fast track in the special session...
Gas tax, prisons among Alabama issues to watch in 2019
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey took the oath of office Monday after winning a full-term in office. Here are four state government issues to watch in 2019:
Marsh, McCutcheon re-elected as legislative leaders
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama legislators on Tuesday re-elected Rep. Mac McCutcheon as speaker of the House of Representatives and Sen. Del Marsh as Senate president pro tempore.
Marsh, a Republican from Anniston, is the longtime leader of the Alabama Senate and has served in the role since Republicans gained control of that chamber in 2010. McCutcheon, a Republican from Monrovia, will continue in the role he took on last term after then-speaker Mike Hubbard was convicted on ethics charges.
Lawmakers stretch out session amid tensions, stalemates
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers stretched out the legislative session as tensions and disagreements on Wednesday derailed what they hoped would be their final meeting day.
Legislators abandoned a plan to conclude the session Wednesday night as a number of measures had not reached final passage by late into the evening. They will return to the Alabama Statehouse Thursday morning.
Lawmakers near end of session with final work, tensions
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are expected to conclude the legislative session this week, but simmering tensions in the House of Representatives threaten to throw the final days into turmoil.
Alabama lawmakers plan to conclude the session on Wednesday, using only 25 of the allowed 30 meeting days of a legislative session.
Lieutenant governor change falters in the Senate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposal to change the duties of the state's lieutenant governor has faltered in the Alabama Legislature amid criticism from some lawmakers.
The Alabama Senate on Tuesday delayed a vote on the proposed constitutional amendment. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he did not expect the bill to return this session.
The lieutenant governor has little power other than to preside over Senate debate and make board appointments.
Alabama Gov. signs first tax break in more than a decade
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law a tax break bill that raises the threshold for claiming state income tax exemption.
The act sponsored by state Sen. Del Marsh, a Republican, raises the income threshold from $20,000 to $23,000 for married couples filing jointly, heads of households, and single filers. For married individuals filing separately, it rises from $10,000 to $10,500.
Ethics legislation to wait until 2019
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposed revamp of state ethics laws will wait until next year, the Alabama Senate leader said Thursday.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said lawmakers will create a commission to study proposed changes to the state ethics law, in the hopes of passing something in 2019.
Marsh said that he wants to "make sure we do this right" instead of quickly passing a bill this session.
"We are going to do it right and have strong ethics laws in the state of Alabama," Marsh said.
Senate committee approves modest tax cut
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a modest state income tax cut for low-income earners that will save families an average of $21 each year.
Senators voted 28-0 for the proposal to allow more taxpayers to take the maximum standard deduction. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.
Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh said the tax cut is aimed at working families and high-income people would not qualify.
Alabama Senate Republicans propose modest tax cut
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Senate Republicans, in their legislative agenda announced Thursday, proposed a modest tax cut that would allow more taxpayers to take the maximum standard deduction on their state income taxes.
"It really affects working class Alabamians. The high-income folks don't get anything on this one. It's working class and those who are perhaps lower income," said Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh is running for re-election to his state Senate seat.
Marsh made the announcement Wednesday following months of speculation about his political future.
The Republican from Anniston has led the Alabama Senate since Republicans won a majority in 2010. He was first elected in 1998.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican state Senate leader Del Marsh of Alabama will not get into the race to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat in the US. Senate.
Marsh said Wednesday he decided against seeking the seat now held by Republican Luther Strange. Gov. Robert Bentley resigned in April in the wake of a sex-tinged scandal. Marsh says state government needs stability.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State senators on Thursday approved an Alabama general fund budget after a debate where tempers flared multiple times.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Senate GOP campaign operation is discouraging challengers to Sen. Luther Strange in the August primary to fill the seat formerly held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a prominent Alabama Republican considering a run.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Republican state Senate leader says he's made a decision on if he will run for U.S. Senate but won't yet announce his plans.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Tuesday that an official statement will come "later" but would not specify when.
The wealthy Anniston lawmaker has deep ties to the state's business community and could self-fund his campaign.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's political troubles mounted Thursday as lawmakers vowed to move forward with impeachment hearings and one influential Republican urged him to step down.
The developments came a day after the state Ethics Commission found probable cause that the Republican governor broke state ethics and campaign finance laws, accusations that Bentley denies.
Senators debate changes to Accountability Act
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama senators on Thursday narrowly approved expanding tax breaks to entice more donations to a state program that provides scholarships for students to private K-12 schools.
Alabama governor names 6 finalists for US Senate seat
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley named six finalists Thursday for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Sessions, the nominee for attorney general.
Bentley's list included U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville and the pro tem leader of the Alabama Senate, Del Marsh of Anniston.
Bentley interviews Strange, Roby, others for Senate post
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has interviewed six more potential candidates for the U.S. Senate seat now held by attorney general-designee Jeff Sessions.
Bentley's office said the latest round of interviews include state Attorney General Luther Strange, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby and U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer. The governor also interviewed businessman Tim James, state Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper and state Sen. Phil Williams of Rainbow City. James is the son of former Gov. Fob James.
Roy Moore among 11 interviewed for US Senate seat in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley has interviewed suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and 10 other people for the U.S. Senate seat now held by attorney general-designee Jeff Sessions, his office said Wednesday.
Moore was interviewed at the recommendation of the Alabama Republican Party after the governor's office asked for suggestions of potential appointees, said Bentley spokesman Yasamie August.
Alabama lawmakers try to break deadlock on oil spill funds
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A conference committee will try Wednesday to break a legislative deadlock on how to use settlement money Alabama will receive from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Latest: Conference committee to meet on oil spill bill
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on legislation to divide Alabama's oil spill settlement funds (all times local):
A conference committee will try to break a legislative deadlock on how to spend the state's oil spill settlement funds.
The committee will meet Wednesday morning to try to bridge a sizeable divide between the House of Representatives and Senate over the use of the money.
The Latest: Senate punts on lottery bill
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on debate on lottery bill in the Alabama Legislature (all times local):
State senators have punted a vote of a lottery bill after a test vote indicated it did not have the votes to pass.
Senators stopped discussions Thursday on the bill over after a motion to end debate failed.
Lottery bill heads to vote in Alabama Senate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lottery bill is headed to a vote in the Alabama Senate.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he intends to seek an up or down vote on a lottery bill on Thursday afternoon.
The bill is expected to include allowing electronic gambling machines at four dog tracks and possibly in Houston County.
Marsh said he thought it was time to make a decision. However, he remained uncertain whether the bill had the 21 votes needed to clear the Senate.
The Latest: Lottery bill stalls in Alabama Senate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on a lottery bill in the Alabama Legislature (all times local):
A lottery bill has quickly stalled in the Alabama Senate amid deep disagreements among lawmakers over gambling.
Senators debated a lottery bill for several hours Wednesday before giving up and moving on to other bills.
The Latest: Committee approves lottery bills
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on a special session on a proposed state lottery (all times local):
A Senate committee has approved dueling lottery bills as lawmakers try to strike a compromise on gambling.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Tuesday afternoon approved two lottery bills. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said the bills were a work in progress and he wanted a vehicle for negotiations on the Senate floor.
Lawmakers weigh lottery bill odds
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said lawmakers are being polled about support for lottery legislation as the governor mulls a possible special session.
Marsh said the interest of legislators is being gauged as Bentley floats the idea of a special session on the budget that could include lottery legislation.
"We need to talk to our colleagues about if there is a sentiment to take that on," Marsh said in an interview. Marsh, who had...