STRENGTHENED REVOLVING DOOR ACT GARNERS HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVAL MONTGOMERY –

STRENGTHENED REVOLVING DOOR ACT GARNERS HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVAL MONTGOMERY –

Tough new restrictions on lobbying activities by former officeholders could soon become a reality following Tuesday’s favorable report that was awarded to a substitute ethics bill being carried by State Rep. Mike Ball (R – Madison).

 
The bill, which was approved by the House Ethics and Campaign Finance Committee, strengthens the state’s “Revolving Door Act” by discouraging legislators from leaving office early to pursue lobbying careers.

 
“When an elected official takes their oath of office, they don’t say, ‘I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of …

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HOUSE PASSES GENERAL FUND BUDGET LEGISLATION

HOUSE PASSES GENERAL FUND BUDGET LEGISLATION

MONTGOMERY – On Wednesday, the Alabama House passed the state’s proposed $1.8 billion General Fund budget with a 80-20 vote.

The budget proposal largely provides level funding for state agencies and includes a $70 million increase for Medicaid as well as increases for the Department of Public Health, the Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and the Department of Forensic Sciences. Also included in the budget is a conditional pay raise for Alabama state employees of up to 4%.

“When balancing our state’s budgets, we’re making the …

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HOUSE REPUBLICANS EXPAND EFFORTS TO DEFEND LIFE IN ALABAMA

HOUSE REPUBLICANS EXPAND EFFORTS TO DEFEND LIFE IN ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY — Four commonsense measures introduced in the 2014 Regular Session this week seek to continue the House Republicans Caucus’s impressive four-year record of defending the Right to Life in Alabama.

“It is unfortunate that liberal activist judges on the U.S. Supreme Court have made abortion legal in the United States, but Alabamians are fortunate to have a Republican legislature that continues to protect and prioritize life in our state,” said Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Included in the package of bills introduced this week is the …

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HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A CONVENTION OF THE STATES

HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A CONVENTION OF THE STATES

Montgomery – The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution including Alabama in the states petitioning Congress to convene a limited Convention of the States under Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

House Joint Resolution 49, sponsored by State Rep. Ken Johnson (R – Moulton), calls for the subjects included in the Convention to be limited to imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government, limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and implementing term limits on federal elected officials.

Johnson said dangerous and …

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HOUSE APPROVES ALABAMA FUTURE WORKFORCE INITIATIVE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

HOUSE APPROVES ALABAMA FUTURE WORKFORCE INITIATIVE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

BUTTRAM BILL GIVES MORE THAN  9500 ADDITIONAL STUDENTS DUAL ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Montgomery – The Alabama House on Wednesday gave its bipartisan approval to the Alabama Future Workforce Initiative, a bill sponsored by State Rep. Mac Buttram (R – Cullman) and designed to expand Alabama’s career-tech dual enrollment program by providing opportunities for students across the state to gain the knowledge and skills they need to fill the jobs of the future.

The bill, which passed unanimously with a vote of 100 …

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