ALABAMA HOUSE APPROVES OPERATING RULES

Alabama Politics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved operating rules for the next four years after a lengthy partisan debate.

Representatives on Tuesday voted 74-27 for the rules that will govern how the chamber operates through 2022.

Democrats objected to a number of changes they said would further diminish their ability to have influence in the GOP-dominated chamber.

One change ends a longstanding policy of allowing two hours of debate on the calendar listing which bills will get floor votes that day. House members approved a compromise of one hour.

Republican Rules Chairman Mike Jones said the goal is to focus on bills instead of the agenda.

Rep. Napoleon Bracy, a Democrat from Mobile, said the changes reduce his ability to speak for his constituents.

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1/8/2019 5:51:30 PM (GMT -6:00)

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