Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee has voted to ban text messaging while driving in Alabama. The House Public Safety Committee approved a bill by Rep. Jim McClendon on Thursday without any dissent. That bill drew support from the National Safety Council. It would levy a $25 fine for a first violation. The bill now goes to the House for consideration. The Republican representative from Springville says the bill has a good chance of passing because people see text messaging as a dangerous distraction.
Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposal to remove the state's 4 percent tax from groceries has passed the first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature. The bill by Rep. John Knight of Montgomery was approved Thursday morning on a voice vote with several members expressing opposition. A bill to remove the tax from food purchases passed the House last year, but was defeated in the Senate. The bill is a constitutional amendment and would have to be approved by Alabama voters if it passes the Legislature.
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Montgomery, Alabama – One of the former candidates for mayor of Montgomery is filing a lawsuit over being disqualified to run for the office.
29 year old Willie D. Knight alleges the Montgomery Election Center discriminated against young candidates during the two week qualifying period. Knight tells a local newspaper that he is seeking $20 million in damages.
Montgomery, Alabama – Funeral services will be held today for Former Governor Guy Hunt. Hunt died Friday of lung cancer; he was 75 years old.
Gov. Bob Riley, Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. and many other state officials plan to attend the funeral today in the north Alabama town of Boaz.
Republican Governor Riley credits Hunt with helping the Republican Party emerge in Alabama. A spokesman for the Democratic lieutenant governor said he also plans to attend. Folsom served as lieutenant governor when Hunt was governor.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says a federal economic stimulus package would allow Alabama to maintain state government operations at close to their current level next year. Riley says education spending could be higher than it currently is. Riley unveiled his proposed state budgets for fiscal 2010 on Wednesday and they address two scenarios - passage of a federal stimulus package and failure of the package. If the package fails, Riley says education spending would drop
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Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says Alabama could get about $1 billion over two years for public education from the federal economic stimulus package. The governor told high school students Monday in a live telecast that the stimulus package would allow Alabama to avoid making more big cuts in education spending. But he says Alabama is looking at widespread layoffs and larger class sizes if the stimulus package fails in the U.S. Senate. Riley made his remarks shortly before the state Finance
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - U.S. Rep. Artur Davis has scheduled events Friday in Birmingham and Montgomery to discuss his interest in running for governor of Alabama in 2010. A spokeswoman for the Democratic congressman says he will speak at noon Friday at the Harbert Center in Birmingham and then at 5 p.m. at the state Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. Birmingham is in Davis' congressional district and Montgomery is his hometown. Davis told reporters in December that he expected to run for
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