Alabama Legislature Re-CapRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Apr 08 2019 12:26 PM
The Alabama Legislature resumed its annual Regular Session on Tuesday, April 2 for Day 5. Twenty-seven committee meetings were held throughout the week to consider legislation. Both Houses met on Wednesday, April 3 for Day 6 and Thursday, April 4 for Day 7.
In total, 611 bills have been introduced to date.
The Legislature will return to Montgomery on Tuesday, April 9 for Day 8 of the Session with the House convening at 1 p.m. and the Senate at 3 p.m.
DURING THE WEEK:
Rep. Dimitri Polizos of Montgomery (District 74) passed away the week of the break following a heart attack. His family was honored on the House floor and presented with a Resolution honoring his life and contribution to public service in the state. Governor Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to fill the vacant seat. The primary will be held on June 11 with a run-off, if necessary, scheduled for August 27. If no run-off is necessary, the general election will be held on August 27. If a run-off is necessary the general election will be held on November 12.
The U. S. Department of Justice released its 56 page report following a two and a half year investigation into Alabama’s prisons. The Department concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that conditions in Alabama prisons violate the Constitution. Governor Ivey released the following statement in response, “We appreciate the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to ensure open lines of communication with the State of Alabama. DOJ has identified many of the same areas of concern that we have discussed publicly for some time. Over the coming months, my Administration will be working closely with DOJ to ensure that our mutual concerns are addressed and that we remain steadfast in our commitment to public safety, making certain that this Alabama problem has an Alabama solution.”