Alabama House Judiciary Committee

Alabama bill would allow elderly to opt out of jury duty

BY: - May 29, 2023

An Alabama committee Wednesday approved a bill that will allow the elderly to apply for exemptions from jury duty. The House Judiciary Committee approved SB 64, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro,  by voice vote on Wednesday. Under the bill, people aged 75 or older would be able to ask a court to […]

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Alabama House bill creates registration, filtering requirements for pornography companies

BY: - May 22, 2023

An Alabama House committee Wednesday approved a bill requiring companies that distribute pornography to use filters aimed at preventing minors from viewing the material. HB 441, sponsored by Rep. Ben Robbins, R-Sylacauga, mandates companies distributing material that is “harmful to minors” to have a system in place for verifying the ages and preventing people younger […]

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Alabama Senate passes bill creating crime of ‘retail theft’

BY: - May 11, 2023

The Alabama Senate Thursday approved a bill that creates harsher punishments for people convicted of stealing from retailers. SB 206, sponsored by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, creates a new crime of “retail theft” and makes some thefts felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Chambliss said on the floor of the Senate Thursday […]

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House Judiciary Committee considers stricter regulations on vaping

BY: - May 1, 2023

The Alabama House Judiciary Committee Wednesday heard from supporters and opponents of a bill to establish additional regulations for selling and purchasing vaping and electronic cigarette products. HB 319, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Drummond, D-Mobile, includes provisions that advocates claim will protect children from developing a vaping habit. Critics said the bill will not affect […]