News & Events
Volume 18 Number 13 – May 24, 2017
27th, 28th, 29th, & 30th legislative days
Tumultuous Legislative Session Comes to an End
The legislature adjourned sine die on Friday, May 19, 2017 at approximately 7:00 p.m., ending a tumultuous session plagued by resignations, accusations of racism, and uncertainty.
For the first three months of the 2017 legislative session, the dark cloud of impeachment hung over Montgomery. Whisperings of then-Governor Robert Bentley’s impeachment began in 2016, but efforts ramped up… Continue reading
Volume 18 Number 3 – February 24, 2017
5th & 6th legislative days
Senate Approves Changes to Alabama Accountability Act
The Senate voted 17 – 15 on Thursday to approve SB 123 by Sen. Del Marsh (R – Anniston). The bill expands options for tax credits for donors to the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA).
Last year, donors claimed $19.9 million in income tax credits for donations to the scholarship granting organizations. That was down from $25.8 million in… Continue reading
Volume 18 Number 2 – February 17, 2017
3rd & 4th legislative days
House Works Late on Two Agenda Items
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives debated for three hours before finally approving a resolution encouraging Congress to “support President Donald Trump’s ambitious government reform agenda.”
The resolution is part of the House Republican’s “Alabama Proud” legislative agenda.
During the debate, Democrats criticized President’s Trump’s policies and asserted that the resolution was useless and unneeded. The resolution ultimately… Continue reading
Volume 18 Number 1 – February 10, 2017
1st & 2nd legislative days
2017 Legislative Session Begins
The 2017 legislative session began on Tuesday. As always, the budgets will be a top priority, but new prisons and redistricting will also play a major role throughout the session.
In January, the federal courts ruled that 12 legislative districts were unconstitutional and must be redrawn. The districts must be redrawn prior to the 2018 election, and legislators plan to tackle… Continue reading
Special Session Ends Without Budget
The special session ended on Tuesday with no General Fund budget in place for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins October 1.
On Monday, the House of Representatives voted 92 – 2 to reject the Senate-passed budget, which would have cut about $185 million from the General Fund. Governor Bentley will now have to call the legislature back for a second special session.
Rep. Steve Clouse (R – Ozark) and Rep. Victor Gaston (R –… Continue reading
Tourism Incentives Remain Intact Despite Effort to Eliminate Them
As originally drafted, HB 58 by Rep. Alan Baker (R – Brewton), legislation offered as part of the Governor’s Made in Alabama economic development incentives package, would have eliminated the incentives available for large tourism destination projects that locate in Alabama.
The bill was designed to overhaul the way Alabama offers tax incentives to companies that locate within the state. In doing so, however, the legislation as originally written would have… Continue reading
The Alabama Legislature wrapped up a quiet two-day Organizational Session on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. During this time, the House and Senate elected leadership, adopted rules, and approved committee assignments.
There were not many changes in leadership in either Chamber. Sen. Del Marsh (R – Anniston) was reelected as Senate President Pro Tem, and Rep. Mike Hubbard (R – Auburn) was reelected as Speaker of the House.
Sen. Greg Reed (R – Jasper) was elected Majority Leader of the Senate,… Continue reading
Republicans Still Rule Statewide Offices
The state of Alabama is still overwhelmingly red, especially at the statewide office level.
Republican Incumbent Governor Robert Bentley trounced Republican, turned Independent, turned Democrat Parker Griffith 64 percent to 36 percent. The race was called within five minutes of the polls closing.
Lt. Governor Kay Ivey also cruised to victory over Democrat James Fields, garnering 63 percent of the vote.
The most closely watched statewide race for Attorney General ended up being less of… Continue reading
Palmer Defeats DeMarco by Large Margin
Gary Palmer, former President of the Alabama Policy Institute, defeated State Representative Paul DeMarco in the Alabama 6th Congressional District runoff by a large margin. Palmer garnered 64 percent of the vote to DeMarco’s 36 percent.
Palmer will face Democrat Avery Wise in the November General Election and is expected to win easily in the heavily Republican district.
Statewide Office Runoff Results
State Representative John Merrill defeated former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese… Continue reading
Few Surprises in Alabama’s Primary Election
The Alabama primary election came and went with very few surprises. Despite an expensive and brutal campaign season leading up to the primary, most incumbents maintained their party nominations.
AL-06 Congressional Race Going to Runoff
The most exciting race of the night was the race for Alabama’s 6th Congressional District seat vacated by Rep. Spencer Bachus who is retiring. With seven candidates vying for the seat, a runoff was almost inevitable; however, who… Continue reading