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• Supreme Court holds that defendant’s conviction for first degree armed robbery was due to be reconsidered and trial court erred by summarily denying defendant’s request
for reconsideration based on the fact that he had been convicted of a violent offense.
• Court of Civil Appeals reverses divorce judgment and holds that trial court lacked jurisdiction over divorce where parties were in the United States based on the husband’s
student visa and insufficient evidence was presented regarding their intent to be domiciled here.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to propose $700 million tax increase
Gov. Robert Bentley said today he would propose a $700 million tax increase during his State of the State address on March 3. Bentley gave few details but did say the proposals would be increases that could be passed by the Legislature and would not require approval by voters.
Terry Lathan of Mobile County elected chairwoman of Alabama Republican Party
Terry Lathan, the leader of the Mobile County Republican Party, was elected chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party at the party's executive committee meeting this morning.
Alabama GOP stands with Roy Moore, asks legislature not to approve Gov. Bentley's proposed tax increase
The Alabama Republican Party's executive committee has asked the legislature to avoid further tax burdens and not approve a $700 million tax increase proposed by Gov. Robert Bentley.
House votes to give small businesses more input on federal regulations
Federal regulators would be required to take additional steps to ensure that their rules don't overly burden small businesses under legislation passed by the House Thursday.
Alabama attorney general fights Mike Hubbard's efforts to get media, legislator conversation records
Prosecutors are disparaging indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard's effort to view their phone records as a baseless fishing expedition by the defense.
Gov. Robert Bentley won't take action against probate judges issuing same-sex marriage licenses
Robert Bentley won't take any action against probate judges who issue licenses for same-sex marriages. Bentley issued a statement after Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore asserted on Sunday night that it would be up to the governor to make sure probate judges are following state law.
Citing $700 million hole, governor tells legislators, business leaders he will propose tax increases
Speaking to state legislators and business leaders at a Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the governor gave his most forthcoming remarks to date about the need for additional tax revenue to plug a looming shortfall in the budget that pays for non-education expenses like prisons, Medicaid and public safety.
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