alabama politics

FCC won't revoke radio licenses held by convicted ex-speaker

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission will not revoke radio broadcast licenses held by former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, after ruling that Hubbard’s convictions on ethics charges did not automatically disqualify him. Administrative Law Judge Jane Hinckley…

Alabama congressional races to feature one runoff in June

By The Associated Press Control of Alabama’s seven-member congressional delegation likely will remain in Republican hands, but not without a contest. Two GOP candidates are in a runoff for the open District 5 seat in north Alabama. And three Republican…

Ivey stresses record, opponents challenge her on it

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is seeking to avoid a runoff in Tuesday's Republican primary, while her challengers are seeking to push her into one. During a Monday campaign stop in Huntsville,…

Lawmakers advance transgender bathroom bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers have advanced legislation that would bar transgender students from using school bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their current gender identity. The Senate Governmental Affairs approved the House-passed bill. The legislation now moves…

Major issues to be decided in session's final days

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) - Alabama lawmakers are returning to Montgomery with a number of large issues to be decided in the closing days of the legislative session. Lawmakers convene Tuesday for what is expected to…

Lawmakers propose record pay raises for senior teachers

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers have advanced record pay raises for experienced public school teachers. Lawmakers said it is an effort to keep educators from leaving classrooms for other states or private sector jobs.…

Trump action scrambles Alabama Senate primary

BY KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks has scrambled the Alabama Republican primary for Senate. The two other frontrunners in the race, Katie Boyd…

Committee advances ban on teaching of 'divisive concepts'

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama legislative committee has advanced legislation to ban the teaching of "divisive concepts" about race and gender in public schools. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday voted to send the bill to the full…

State lottery, casino bill proposed in Alabama Legislature

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama lawmaker has proposed a bill to create a lottery and allow multiple casinos in the state. Introduced by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton on Thursday, the bill would authorize eight…

Senate votes to allow concealed handguns without permit

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved legislation that would end the requirement for a person to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public. State senators on Thursday voted 23-6…

Alabama bill seeks to ban hormone treatments for trans youth

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers have advanced legislation that would prohibit transgender minors from being given puberty blockers, hormones or surgeries to affirm their gender identity. The House Judiciary Committee approved the Senate-passed legislation…

Alabama lawmakers advance bathroom ban for transgender youth

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers advanced a proposal that would bar transgender students from using school bathrooms and locker rooms that match their current gender identity. The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday voted…

Alabama House approves controversial anti-riot legislation

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House of Representatives has approved legislation that would create a new definition of a riot and provide tougher penalties for people who participate in one. Legislators on Tuesday voted…

Alabama lawmakers to debate transgender bathroom ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers will debate a proposal that would bar transgender students from using school bathrooms and locker rooms that match their current gender identity. The Alabama House of Representatives is scheduled to debate the bill that…

School choice proposal goes to study group

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A school choice bill that could give parents $5,500 in state funds to send their child to private school is headed to a study group for negotiations after opposition from education groups and some lawmakers. Republican…

Bill would ban hormone treatment for transgender minors

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee has advanced a proposal to prohibit transgender minors from being treated with puberty-blockers, hormone treatment or surgery. The Senate Health Committee on Wednesday approved the bill. It would…

Bill seeks higher fines for taking down Confederate statues

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee has advanced proposals to increase the penalties on cities that take down Confederate monuments in Alabama. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa…

Lawmakers advance bill on permitless carry

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers have advanced a Republican-sponsored bill that would do away with the requirement to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 for the legislation. The bill now moves…

Judges maintain order for Alabama to draw new districts

BY KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A three-judge panel has refused to stay its decision that orders Alabama to draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections. The panel on Thursday denied Alabama's request to put the…