This Thursday will mark the last day of the legislative Session. For some, it was a Session that seemed would never end. For others, it was one that ended much too quickly. It may be early, yet, to write an obit on this Session, but as we approach the finish line, some perspective may be in order.
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) [...]
Six public hearings on the reapportionment issue have been scheduled up and down the state (along the I-65 corridor for the most part). About 100 people turned out for the one Tuesday night in Birmingham.
Continue reading “Reapportionment Hearings This Week”
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 [...]
Here is a reminder that you can hear the proceedings from our state’s legislative chambers in archived audio recordings found right here at the Political Parlor.
Check it out.
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 [...]
I am pleased to announce that four legislators are willing to take time during the legislative session to share with us their thoughts and perspectives on the session here at the Political Parlor. Sen. Marc Keahey (D – Grove Hill), Sen. Cam Ward (R – Alabaster), Rep. Joe Hubbard (D – Montgomery), and Rep. [...]
From Courthouse News Service, the Alabama Education Association and others have filed suit challenging the constitutionality of legislation banning payroll deductions (pdf) of dues used for political purposes. Stated in their filing that the act inhibits their First Amendment right of free speech and association and Fourteenth amendment right of equal protection [...]
According to this AP story today from Phillip Rawls, Paul Hamrick backs off of plans to work for the Senate GOP Caucus:
Hamrick agreed that some new members had raised concerns, and that prompted his decision to back off. “To do this type of work for a group like a caucus, you have [...]
The Alabama Ethics Commission is “closing all files related to the complaint” filed against state Sen. Tripp Trip Pittman by Fairhope resident Paul Ripp. The proximate cause is a complaint filed by Ripp against the commission itself. As you read the correspondence between the Commission and Mr Ripp at Baldwin Watchdog, it [...]
Update: will add a link to the complaint filed in Pittman matter on the bottom.
In Andalusia, a restaurant follows the rural tradition of setting out collection jars to cover the medical expenses of an employee injured in a car accident.
On Weiss Lake, a local citizens group is conducting tests to [...]
New Lt. Governor Kay Ivey took the gavel for the first time to preside over the Senate yesterday. Kay Ivey’s first day in the Senate was the last in the Senate for long-time Secretary of the Senate McDowell Lee who is retiring before the Senate meets again on March 1.
The only matters of business for the day involved reports from the Committee on Assignments regarding minor changes to committee membership
Click on a picture to see it enlarged.
Continue reading “Kay Ivey Takes the Gavel”
With thanks to Stephen Jackson of the Openbama project for the steer. It appears the Alabama Senate will try streaming video of its sessions via this page. Note the caveats and disclaimers carefully. From here, it appears it will be a microsoft asf video stream . Stream should be capturable so [...]
We have the audio archive online for the special session that concluded in the early morning. I hope in this busy season to return to the subject of the special session, but in the meantime here are a few pictures from the session.
Continue reading “Special Session Audio Online – Plus Pictures”