Senate passes bill to update Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs

By MACKENZEE SIMMS | Staff Writer The Alabama Senate passed House Bill 103 on Wednesday, May 8 to update the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. Presented by State Rep. Kenneth Paschal, the legislation aims to rebrand and modernize the department by updating the Code of Alabama section governing the agency, which has remained unchanged since […]


Your Shelby County Legislative Delegation believes in the importance of local public libraries in our county, and we are working to keep them healthy and well-funded.  We know many of our community members have personally volunteered hours and worked hard to raise money to support the local libraries.  We want to work with you to […]

Alabama lawmakers want to increase penalty for false report of abduction

By Mike Cason Several Alabama lawmakers said they are working on bills to increase the penalty for reporting a false abduction, a response to the Carlee Russell case. Russell has been charged with two misdemeanors for her false report. Legislators say stronger penalties are needed because of the amount of time and money that police, volunteers […]

Distracted driving bill: It’s a start

Article by: Anna Barrett MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey today signed legislation aiming to crack down on distracted driving. It goes into effect immediately. The effort to ban holding a phone or other device while driving was introduced in the House for several years without success. This year, longtime lawmaker Sen. Jabo Waggoner joined […]

Shelby County provides convenient new way to renew tags

Article by: Austin Pratt Recently, Shelby County placed their new tag renewal secure transaction ATMs at locations in Pelham and off of US-280 East. The county said it hopes to have its last machine installed at a third location in the next two to three weeks. Barry Newton, the Shelby County Manager of License Operations […]

Construction for new I-459 interchange slated to start in 2025

Article by: Jon Anderson Construction of the new Exit 9 on Interstate 459 in Hoover is scheduled to begin in 2025 and be completed in 2027, Hoover’s Assistant City Engineer Blake Miller told the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday. “It’s an aggressive time schedule, but that’s our hope,” Miller told a luncheon crowd at […]

24th July 2023 Second Special Session Preview

“After last week’s brief special session, the Alabama Legislature agreed on a revised Congressional District Map. The new map was voted on during session Friday, and votes were split down party lines, with all Democrats present that day voting against the approved map. The main changes happened in Districts 2 and 7 (the current majority-Black […]

Second Special Session of 2023

Monday, July 17, starts a new and historic special session in the Alabama Legislature, the second of 2023. This session is specifically called to address congressional redistricting after the U.S. Supreme Court decided last month that the 2021 Congressional District Map lines “likely” violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and hindered black voices in […]

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