Clyde Chambliss

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Vision-impaired Alabamians want state to adopt remote accessible vote-by-mail

BY: - October 20, 2023

Several individuals with impaired vision have challenged how Alabama conducts its elections, alleging the process violates their right to vote privately and independently by absentee ballot. The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama, along with Eric Peebles, Beverly Clayton, David Rissling, and Gilley Pressley, filed a lawsuit Oct. 3 against election officials in Tuscaloosa, […]

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ACHE makes administrative changes related to the National Guard

BY: - October 11, 2023

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education Wednesday approved administrative changes to implement extended college and tuition benefits for members of the Alabama National Guard.  SB 67, sponsored by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, extended tuition benefits for active members of the National Guard. The proposed changes will be published in the Alabama Administrative Monthly for a […]

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How a good intention made the Alabama Legislature less democratic

BY: - July 31, 2023

Alabama government has many features aimed at thwarting popular will.  There’s gerrymandering. And the centralized nature of state government. With most state power concentrated around Goat Hill, it’s much easier for entrenched interests to influence policy.  But few of these features are so on-the-nose with their anti-democratic nature as a unique part of the Alabama […]

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Amendments would exclude local bills from procedural motions in Alabama Legislature

BY: - July 18, 2023

Two legislative committees Tuesday approved proposals exempting local bills and constitutional amendments from a procedural motion required for most legislation during a session.  The House’s State Government Committee approved a constitutional amendment from Rep. Jim Carns, R-Vestavia Hills, on Tuesday. The Senate Confirmations Committee approved a similar proposal sponsored by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville.  Under […]

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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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Alabama Senate approves bills requiring paper ballots, banning Internet-capable voting machines

BY: - April 4, 2023

The Alabama Senate approved two bills Tuesday afternoon that would codify current voting practices. SB 9 and SB 10, both sponsored by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, passed through the chamber. SB 9 requires the use of paper ballots in voting machines. SB 10 prevents the use of voting machines that connect to the Internet. Each […]

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Alabama Legislature should see bills on voting rights restoration, paper ballots

BY: - February 24, 2023

The Alabama Legislature could consider bills in the coming legislative session that could affect how Alabamians cast ballots and, for those released from prison, how they get their right to vote back. One expected bill from Sen.  Linda Coleman-Madison, D-Birmingham, would streamline the process of restoring voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals. “We are very […]