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Ala. House Votes to End DROP

Updated: 03/22/2011 - Signaling the beginning of the end for the state’s luxury, “Rolls Royce” benefits plan for government workers, the Alabama House of Representatives today voted to repeal the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP.

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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Immigration

Posted: 03/17/2011 - Immigration reform is a top priority in the Florida legislature. Republican leaders say more has to be done to crack down on people living and working in the state illegally. They've written a measure that critics say mirrors Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

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Ga. Senate OKs Letting Churches Choose on Guns

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The Senate has approved legislation that would let the owners or members of a church decide whether they want to allow weapons on their campus or in their place of worship.

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Florida Lawmakers Debate Education Reform

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Education is at the top of Florida lawmakers' agenda. Tuesday the house began the first of two days of debate on a bill that would set up a merit pay plan for teachers and end tenure for new-hires.

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HOPE Scholarship Reform Bill Signed into Law

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law.

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Rep. Roby Speaks Out

Posted: 03/11/2011 - Roby calls for offshore oil drilling ban to be lifted.

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President Obama on Drilling for Oil

Updated: 03/11/2011 - President Obama says even if the country started drilling new wells tomorrow, that oil wouldn't come online overnight.

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Alabama Senate Passes Bill to Redesign Education Budget

Posted: 03/10/2011 - The first bill to make it all the way through the 2011 session of the Alabama Legislature will redesign how the state education budget is written to try to prevent midyear budget cuts.

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Ex-Felons to Wait 5 Years for Rights

Updated: 03/09/2011 - Four years ago, Florida's clemency board voted to make it easier for ex-felons to regain their civil rights, but Wednesday new leaders decided to overturn that reform.

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Rick Scott Delivers First State of the State

Posted: 03/08/2011 - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling lawmakers in his first State of the State speech that the state can be a national example for creating jobs by streamlining government and cutting taxes.

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Arizona-style Immigration Bill Passes Alabama House Panel

Posted: 03/08/2011 - An Alabama House committee has approved a Republican-backed, Arizona-style immigration bill that would both prohibit employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and would require local officials to enforce federal immigration laws.

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State Lawmakers Prepare for Legislative Session

Posted: 03/07/2011 - The Alabama House and Senate are ready to begin voting on bills that were part of the agenda of Republicans who have taken control of the Alabama House and Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.

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