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Senator pushing to get Alabama sex abuse survivors bill out of committee

BY: - May 18, 2023

A bill to extend the statute of limitations for people who have been sexually abused as children could start moving after the bill’s sponsor threatened to stall legislation on the Senate floor. Sen. Merika Coleman, D-Pleasant Grove, who said an unnamed insurance company had been holding up the bill, said Thursday morning that she was […]

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Civil lawsuit bill for sexual assault victims still in Alabama House committee

BY: - May 15, 2023

A bill that would give sexual assault victims new opportunities to file civil lawsuits remains stuck in committee with just nine days left in the legislative session. The bill, SB 127, has slowed over concerns from insurance companies about how the bill would affect them, according to Sen. Merika Coleman, D-Pleasant Grove, the bill’s sponsor, […]

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Alabama Senate committee approves bill creating penalties for exhibition driving

BY: - April 5, 2023

An Alabama Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill prohibiting some vehicle maneuvers tied to exhibition driving. SB 58, sponsored by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, creates penalties for potentially dangerous moves in cars. “We have had four people get killed because the folks are out there with these cars out of control,” Smitherman said. “I actually […]