Here is a side-by-side look at the current map of Alabama Congressional Districts and the proposed map that will be introduced into the Legislature this week from the Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting.
Note that this new map is not the one originally proposed by the committee co-chairmen, Sen. Gerald Dial (R – Lineville) [...]
Here is this week’s ruling (in a .pdf file) from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Scrushy and Siegelman for those who want the details. Yesterday’s AP story is here.
Short version: two bribery convictions against Siegelman and Scrushy are thrown out. Five convictions against Siegelman and four against Scrushy stand. [...]
Did you see the story near the end of last week with Gov. Robert Bentley rebuking state Sen. Brian Taylor (R – Montgomery) last week for Taylor’s proposal to move the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to the Attorney General’s control? The proposal also allowed the Attorney General to take control of the Alabama [...]
Sign seen from I-65 north of Montgomery
Alabama is second to Mississippi in the nation in the percentage of residents who say that religion is very important in their lives (74%) according to the Pew Research Center (though the state is fifth in the percentage of residents who say they attend religious [...]
From SB256, a bill currently pending in the state Senate:
…require the Department of Public Safety to begin issuing nondriver identification cards to residents or nonresidents of this state marked with a designation to indicate a person’s legal presence;
Or was there never a time when a person could go about doing lawful [...]
Without comment, audio in mp3 format from this AM’s House session.
[Audio clip: view full post to listen]
for those without flash, TheMotion
See also this South Union Street entry at the Montgomery Advertiser.
We are hearing that AEA will continue to collect membership dues through payroll deductions until the state’s appeal is heard on the case, according to a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court today.
With the current talk of declining tax collections, budget cuts, employee lay offs, etc., lets take a look at bills seeking to boost tax flow. In the list that follows, what is more important than whom. I’ve linked to the html versions of the bills to reduce the number of bytes sent over the wire.
Most of these bills have not been thru the committee process so a nonpartisan assessment by the Legislative Fiscal Office has not been made. If you have some numbers (and links to relevant documents) thats what comments are for.
Continue reading “Proposed taxation measures”
The first full hearing in Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion will be February 27, 2012, according to paperwork on file with the Federal Court hearing the case. The February proceeding is supposed to decide who is responsible with a second hearing in July will decide how much and to whom. Any relief looks [...]
As you’ve heard by now, this case challenging Alabama’s property tax laws has been set for hearing today. In brief, this suit alleges; “the current ad valorem tax structure is a vestige of discrimination inasmuch as the [state] constitutional provisions governing the taxation of property are traceable to, rooted in, and have [...]
In the GOP vs AEA war, the first round ended with the passage of a law (pdf) prohibiting payroll deductions to organizations that engage in political activity.
Round two began with the filing of a suit by AEA to block enforcement of the new law. Today, a Preliminary Injunction (pdf) was issued [...]
Among the 33 states whose Hispanic population counts have been released by the Census Bureau, Alabama has the largest unexpected percentage increase in Hispanic population. The 2010 census reports 186,000 Hispanics in Alabama, 16% more than previous census estimates, the Washington Post reports on findings from Pew Research.
In 23 of the 33 [...]
A few updates added at the bottom.
On March 8, Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb gave the State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Legislature, which you can find here in pdf or at WSFA in html.
Of most interest to me were her remarks on the effects of mandatory tours of our overcrowded state prisons on judges, sentencing alternatives for non-violent offenders, drug courts and community corrections. She also unveiled proposals from the Alabama Public Safety and Sentencing Coalition that would help reduce the growth in prison population. Which will follow after the fold.
Continue reading “The State of the Judiciary and sentencing reform”
The Legislative Fiscal Office has released in pdf format, a comparison of the Governor’s proposed 2012 Education and General Fund recommendations to the current budget.. What follows is from a quick once over. The more eye balls reviewing these numbers and letting their Legislators know what they think, the better.
From a [...]
Former State Rep. Sue Schmitz was convicted in 2009 on seven counts related her employment with the CITY program and given a 30 month sentence plus restitution and community service.
She has appealed her conviction and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling (231 Kb pdf). In brief: