Transgender medication law in Alabama blocked by judge

The law made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors. U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction to stop the state from enforcing the medication ban, which took effect May 8, while a court challenge goes forward.

Judge weighs request to block Alabama transgender law

Barring a judge's order, a new law is set to take effect Sunday in Alabama that would outlaw the use of puberty blockers and hormones to treat transgender minors.

Parents challenge law outlawing treatment of trans kids

The new Alabama law makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans people under 19 with puberty blockers or hormones to help affirm their gender identity.

EXPLAINER: What do new Alabama laws say about transgender kids?

Alabama has become the first state to criminalize the use of puberty blockers and hormones to treat transgender people under age 19. So what do these laws mean?

Families, doctors contest Alabama transgender treatment ban

The new law makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans youth under 19 with puberty blockers or hormones to help affirm their gender identity.

Trans kids fear Alabama laws targeting medicine, bathrooms

Transgender kids and their parents say they feel attacked by a wave of Republican-sponsored legislation and policies aimed at trans youth. Bills have been introduced to ban gender-affirming care and block transgender children from using school restrooms or playing on sports teams that don’t match their sex at birth.

Alabama won’t require background checks for concealed guns

Alabama will become the latest state to allow people to carry concealed handguns without first undergoing a background check and getting a state permit.

Kamala Harris marks ‘Bloody Sunday’ anniversary in Selma

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to commemorate a defining moment in the fight for equal voting rights.

House votes to allow concealed handguns without permit

The Alabama House of Representatives approved legislation ending the requirement for a person to get a permit in order to carry a concealed handgun in public.

Jury: No defamation from Roy Moore or woman who accused him

A jury has found that no defamation occurred in dueling lawsuits between former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and the woman who accused him of molesting her when she was 14.

Alabama’s new congressional districts map blocked by judges

The judges wrote that Alabama should have two districts, instead of one, in which Black voters are a sizeable portion of the electorate.

Trial begins in accuser’s defamation case against Roy Moore

Opening statements begin Tuesday in the defamation lawsuit filed by a woman who accused failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of molesting her when she was 14.

Ivey calls special session on relief funds

Alabama lawmakers will put the 2022 regular legislative session on hold to start a special session beginning Jan. 19, according to an announcement by Gov. Kay Ivey.

Ivey: State must be ‘smart’ about pandemic relief funds

Governor Kay Ivey called on state lawmakers to use pandemic relief money to expand broadband access, hospitals, and water and sewer infrastructure.

Special session possible on relief fund spending

The 2022 Alabama Legislative Session starts this week. But state lawmakers say there may be a special session on how to spend the state's remaining pandemic relief funds.

Lawmakers face decisions on $1.5 billion in relief funds

Legislative leaders say infrastructure projects — such as broadband and sewer projects — are expected to be a spending priority.

Former Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley dies

Worley also served as chair of the state Democratic party until ousted in a power struggle in 2019.

Judge orders Alabama prison system to boost staff by 2025

The Alabama Department of Corrections had been ordered to reach staffing targets by Feb. 2022, but the judge said that's clearly "out of reach."

First case of omicron variant in Alabama has been confirmed

Alabama has confirmed its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, according to the state health officer.

Texas-like abortion bill would let citizen sue providers

The Alabama Heartbeat Act would prohibit medical providers from performing an abortion once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks and before some women know they are even pregnant. The bill was filed ahead of the 2022 legislative session.

Alabama Gov. Ivey draws challengers in 2022 GOP primary

Lynda Blanchard and Tim James are joining the 2022 Alabama governor's race against incumbent Kay Ivey, county commissioner Stacy Lee George, and pastor Dean Odle.

State: Ex-speaker Hubbard’s words show apology was insincere

Alabama state prosecutors say Mike Hubbard's apologies for his crimes are insincere, citing emails and phone calls made by the former House Speaker.

Alabama judge opposed to death penalty set for ethics trial

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tracie Todd faces an ethics trial in Montgomery this week. Roughly five years ago, Todd ruled that Alabama's capital punishment law was unconstitutional.

Alabama is last in math. Politicians look for ways to close gap

Fifth graders could be required to pass a new math test to advance to the sixth grade. One lawmaker is proposing legislation for the 2022 Alabama Session.

Republicans advance bill for claiming vaccine exemptions

Alabama lawmakers advanced legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting employees who choose not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by setting out an easy process to claim a religious or medical exemption.

Alabama says vaccine mandate will lead state employees to quit

Gov. Kay Ivey joined a lawsuit filed late Friday by Alabama and other states challenging the vaccine mandate on federal contractors.

Alabama Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation

Lawmakers had a change of heart after decades of debate on the issue.

Alabama Legislature Drops Resistance, OKs Medical Marijuana

The bill faced strong resistance among House lawmakers.