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 […]

Senate passes bill to train police on neurological disorders

  The Alabama Senate has passed the Cade Noah Act, which mandates annual training for law enforcement officers to better equip them for interactions with citizens who have autism or other neurological disorders. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Leigh Hulsey, R-Helena, is now headed to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk. “As the mother of a son […]

House Passes Right to Parenting Legislation

Article by: Brandon Moseley- Alabama Today   On Wednesday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation recognizing that Alabama parents have a fundamental right to decide how they raise their children. House Bill 6 (HB6) is sponsored by State Representative Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham). “HB6 is a common sense bill,” Paschal said on the floor of the House, defending […]

Anti-ESG legislation passes State Senate

Article by: Caleb Taylor- 1819 News   MONTGOMERY — Legislation by State Sen. Dan Roberts (R-Mountain Brook) that prohibits state contracts with businesses that boycott certain sectors of the economy based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies passed the Senate on Thursday. “The purpose of what we’re trying to do is we have industries […]

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