Legislative Wrap-Up: State Ethics Law Revisions and the Ten Commandments
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall
Former Governor Robert Bentley, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard … there have been more than a few public employees in recent years who have been convicted or pleaded guilty to ethics charges. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Thursday announced plans to tighten state ethics rules. And a commission including some state lawmakers will study the proposed changes. But we begin this week’s conversation with Alabama Public Television’s Don Dailey and WBHM’s Gigi Douban with a bill that could allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on public property.
WBHM's Gigi Douban speaks with Don Dailey, co-host of Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal, every Friday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered as we discuss the big state legislative news of the week.
Gas Tax Increase a Political Win for Ivey
It’s been a great week for Gov. Kay Ivey. Her proposed 10-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax increase passed overwhelmingly. The money will go toward infrastructure improvements.
Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Arm Teachers
This school shooting in Parkland, Florida this week that left 17 people dead took center stage for Alabama lawmakers. On Thursday, Republican state Representative Will Ainsworth announced plans to introduce legislation that would allow teachers to carry firearms during school hours. The law would require training.
Historic Monuments Bill Passes, City Council Raises Blocked
This week in the Alabama legislature, the Senate voted to block a big pay raise for the next Birmingham City Council. And after hours of heated debate Thursday, lawmakers in the Alabama House passed the controversial historic monuments bill.