Ala. Legislators' View of Session Depends on Party

Ala. Legislators' View of Session Depends on Party

Posted: Updated:
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -

The description of the Legislature's 2013 session depends on a legislator's party label.

The Senate's Republican leader, President Pro Tem Del Marsh, of Anniston called it the best session since Republicans gained a majority in the 2010 election. Republicans passed the Alabama Accountability Act, loosened restrictions on guns, started the consolidation of state law enforcement agencies, and kept a promise to commit to the repayment of money removed for the Alabama Trust Fund.

The Senate's Democratic minority leader, Vivian Davis Figures, called it the worst session of her legislative career. Democrats failed to pass their top priority, which was expanding the state Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Marsh said the Republican majority is opposed to enlarging the role of government.

The session ended at midnight Monday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Brewton Woman On Life Support Following Swimming Accident

    Brewton Woman On Life Support Following Swimming Accident

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:53:43 GMT
    Stephanie Smith is in a coma at a local hospital following a swimming accident in Orange Beach Easter Weekend.
    Stephanie Smith is in a coma at a local hospital following a swimming accident in Orange Beach Easter Weekend.
  • Navy Investigates Ex-Blue Angel Commander

    Navy Investigates Ex-Blue Angel Commander

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:52 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:52:44 GMT
    Capt. McWherter (left) signs autographs for Blue Angel fans.Capt. McWherter (left) signs autographs for Blue Angel fans.
    News 5 has learned of shocking allegations concerning the Navy's elite flying team, The Blue Angels, and its former commander, Captain Gregory McWherter.
    News 5 has learned of shocking allegations concerning the Navy's elite flying team, The Blue Angels, and its former commander, Captain Gregory McWherter.
  • More Teens are Smoking Spice

    More Teens are Smoking Spice

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:14:18 GMT
    We take a closer look at how and who synthetic marijuana affects. News 5's Tiffany McCall sat down with a teenager who shares his encounter with the drug and what health officials are facing.

    We take a closer look at how and who synthetic marijuana affects. News 5's Tiffany McCall sat down with a teenager who shares his encounter with the drug and what health officials are facing.

Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.