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A special primary election in Alabama will be held to fill Darrio Melton’s vacant seat in the House of Representatives for District 67. The vacancy is a result of Melton’s successful bid to be the mayor of Selma. The special […]

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Voters approved Amendment 6, also known as the Alabama Impeachment Amendment. Effective January 1, 2017, the Constitution of Alabama will require a supermajority, or two-thirds, vote of state senators present to convict and impeach a state official. The current impeachment […]

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On September 22, 2016, Secretary of State John Merrill certified Republican Joe Lovvorn as the winner of House District 79. As a result, the special general election scheduled for November 29 has been canceled. Originally, Lovvorn was supposed to face […]

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On September 27, 2016, a federal appeals court upheld the ban on transfers between political action committees, or PAC-to-PAC transfers. The Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) sued to overturn the ban arguing the prohibition of PAC-to-PAC transfers was a violation of […]

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The special general election for House District 79, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s seat, will be on November 29, 2016. Alabama Republicans selected Joe Lovvorn as their candidate in the September 13 special primary. Because Lovvorn won a majority of […]

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The first special session of 2016 adjourned sine die on September 7, 2016. Gov. Robert Bentley’s lottery proposal failed in the Senate. Instead, the Legislature approved House Bill 36 to use part of the BP oil settlement to provide funds […]

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On September 1, 2016, the Alabama Ethics Commission unanimously approved an opinion clarifying when a state employee may seek private employment. The opinion stated no public employee may ask a lobbyist for a job or a job interview, but may […]

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The Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit advocate for reforming marijuana laws, and the Institute for Justice filed a First Amendment challenge in federal court to Alabama’s training requirement for lobbyists. The training class is mandatory and held […]

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The primary focus of the current special session is to pass a constitutional amendment allowing a statewide lottery (Senate Bill 11). If the constitutional amendment passes, members of the Alabama Lottery Commission would be subject to the Ethics Law. Legislators […]

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Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton called a special meeting to be held on September 1, 2016. The meeting will address the backlog of requests for advisory opinions in the wake of former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction. Hubbard […]

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Gov. Robert Bentley has announced a special legislative session will convene August 15, 2016. The primary focus of the session will be a constitutional amendment allowing a statewide lottery. Bentley believes the lottery will solve the state’s financial problems.

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A special primary election will be held to fill Mike Hill’s vacant seat in the House of Representatives for District 41. The vacancy is a result of Hill’s resignation in order to accept an appointment by Gov. Robert Bentley as […]

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Gov. Bentley will call a special session. The session will focus on a constitutional amendment allowing a statewide lottery. Alabama is one of six states without a lottery, and Bentley believes it will solve the state’s funding problem. The dates […]

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On July 8, 2016, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard was sentenced to four years in prison following his conviction on 12 felony ethics charges. Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker denied prosecutors’ request for Hubbard to pay $1.6 million in […]

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