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Capitol Journal provides extensive coverage of the Alabama Legislature and Alabama politics from a studio inside the Alabama Statehouse. Don Dailey hosts the program, examining key issues and interviewing newsmakers.

Capitol Journal provides extensive coverage of the Alabama Legislature and Alabama politics from a studio inside the Alabama Statehouse. Don Dailey hosts the program, examining key issues and interviewing newsmakers.

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Capitol Journal provides extensive coverage of the Alabama Legislature and Alabama politics from a studio inside the Alabama Statehouse. Don Dailey hosts the program, examining key issues and interviewing newsmakers.

Language:

English


Episodes

May 7, 2021 - Week In Review

5/7/2021
Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon joins us to discuss the gambling plan stalling and its future prospects. Senator Tim Melson of Florence will also be with us to talk about final passage of his bill to legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state. Congressman Gary Palmer of Hoover will join us to discuss a power struggle for a key U.S. House leadership position. And State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will talk with us about continued vaccination declines and the prospect of virus...

Duration:00:56:39

May 6, 2021

5/6/2021
We report on the House approving the bill to legalize medical marijuana and on the last-minute negotiations over a comprehensive gambling plan. We’re joined by Rep. Allen Treadaway, who will discuss his support of medical marijuana, his concerns with the gambling plan, and his disappointment over the death of his riot bill. And we’re also joined by Rep. Jim Carns, who discusses his opposition to medical marijuana and his concerns with the gambling plan.

Duration:00:26:39

May 5, 2021

5/5/2021
We report on preparations for a very busy penultimate day of the legislative session, including expected Thursday House action on both medical marijuana and gambling. We’re joined by Rep. Jim Hill of Moody, who will discuss both issues, as well as his criminal justice reform measures that he hopes the Senate will take up tomorrow. We’ll also be joined by Rep. Terri Collins of Decatur, who will discuss medical marijuana, gambling, proposed changes to her Literacy Act legislation, and final...

Duration:00:26:39

May 4, 2021

5/4/2021
Passions run deep on both sides as the House takes up medical marijuana; House committee okays the main bill in the comprehensive gambling plan; Rep. Reed Ingram of Montgomery joins us to discuss his opposition to medical marijuana and his opposition to the gambling plan, as proposed; and Rep. Thomas Jackson of Thomasville joins us to discuss his support of medical marijuana and his reservations about the gambling measure.

Duration:00:26:39

May 3, 2021

5/3/2021
We will preview the upcoming legislative week, including House committee action on gambling bills and possible House floor action on medical marijuana and transgender youth medical bills. We will be joined by Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington, who will discuss continually declining jobless numbers and some employers having a hard time filling jobs. And ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell will be with us to talk about the state’s census effort that helped us avoid losing a congressional seat.

Duration:00:26:39

April 30, 2021 - Week In Review

4/30/2021
We’re joined by House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, who will discuss the prospects for gambling and medical marijuana in the final days of the session. House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels of Huntsville is also with us to talk about those issues and about voting and criminal justice reform legislation. And State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris joins us to discuss a continued decline in our vaccination rate.

Duration:00:56:39

April 29, 2021

4/29/2021
We report on today’s final legislative passage of the record $7.6 billion education budget. We also report on Senate approval of the record $2.4 billion General Fund budget. We’re joined by Rep. Allen Farley of McCalla, who will discuss House members being sent home for the weekend with new information on a comprehensive gambling package that is expected to be before them next week. We’re also joined by Sen. Chris Elliott of Fairhope, who says he hopes that the House next week will pass the...

Duration:00:26:39

April 28, 2021

4/28/2021
We report on the prospects for a gambling plan to be passed in the final days of the legislative session. We’re joined by Rep. A.J. McCampbell of Gallion, who is among the lawmakers working with Gov. Kay Ivey on the gambling issue. He will discuss those efforts and the governor signing into law his law enforcement database bill. We’re also joined by Stephanie Bryan, the Chairwoman of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who will talk with us about the tribe’s hopes that a gambling deal can be...

Duration:00:26:39

April 27, 2021

4/27/2021
We report on the House approving the record $7.7 billion education budget and a Senate committee approving the $2.4 billion General Fund budget. We will also report on a House committee advancing a pair of gun bills. We’re joined by Rep. Chris Pringle of Mobile, the co-chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment, who will discuss the new census data that prevents Alabama from losing a congressional seat. And Barry Matson, the Executive Director of the Alabama District...

Duration:00:26:39

April 26, 2021

4/26/2021
We report on news from the Census Bureau that Alabama will not lose a congressional seat. We also report on a busy week ahead for lawmakers, including possible final legislative passage of both state budgets and scheduled House committee action on a gambling bill. We’re joined by Sen. Tim Melson, who will discuss possible House action this week on his bill to legalize medical marijuana. And Dr. Ken Finn, a noted Colorado medical marijuana author and consultant, is with us to discuss his...

Duration:00:26:39

April 23, 2021 = Week In Review

4/23/2021
We have a complete wrap-up of the legislative week. We’re joined by Sen. Greg Albritton of Atmore, who will discuss a financial snag for the private lease prison plan and the prospects for a comprehensive gambling measure that he supports. We will also be joined by Bureau of Pardons and Parole Director Cam Ward and Ingram State Technical College President Dr. Annette Funderburk, who will discuss a new collaboration on inmate job training and reducing prison recidivism. And State Health...

Duration:00:56:39

April 22, 2021

4/22/2021
We report on the record education budget passing a House committee today and heading to the floor. We also report on the Senate approving several election bills, including one that would prohibit voting both in Alabama and another state. The Senate carried over a bill that would ban curbside voting in Alabama. We’re joined by Rep. Alan Baker, who will discuss passage of his bill to update absentee ballot application deadlines. And we’re also joined by Rep. Corey Harbison, who will talk with...

Duration:00:26:39

April 21, 2021

4/21/2021
We report on a House committee public hearing today on the record $7.6 billion education budget. A vote is set tomorrow. We also report on another House committee approving a bill that would forbid Alabama enforcement of any new federal gun control laws or orders. We’re joined by Rep. Rex Reynolds, a retired law enforcement officer, who will discuss the Derek Chauvin verdict and how the case has influenced some of his police bills. And Rep. Rolanda Hollis of Birmingham will be with us to...

Duration:00:26:39

April 20, 2021

4/20/2021
We report on some lawmaker calls for Gov. Kay Ivey to abandon her private lease prison plan, and Ivey suggesting today that she would be open to seeking legislative support for a bond issue. We’re joined by Sen. Andrew Jones, who says he supports moving away from the private lease prison plan. We report on the Senate today approving a bill to prohibit racial profiling and require police to keep records of traffic stops. We also report on the House considering a bill that would allow...

Duration:00:26:39

April 19, 2021

4/19/2021
We report on Gov. Kay Ivey saying today that her private lease prison construction plan would continue even after a key underwriting firm pulled out. We preview the upcoming legislative week, including expected Senate committee action on the education budget and a possible Senate floor vote on a bill to ban curbside voting. We’re joined by Rep. Wes Allen of Troy, who will discuss his curbside voting ban legislation. And we’re also joined by Alabama Secretary of Early Childhood Education Dr....

Duration:00:26:39

April 16, 2021 - Week In Review

4/16/2021
Sen. Jim McClendon joins us to discuss the comprehensive gambling plan passed by the Senate this week. Robbie McGhee with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will be with us to herald both the plan’s approval and a possible tribe compact with the state. Sen. Rodger Smitherman will join us to discuss his support of the gaming plan and his bill that would delay the "hold back" clause in the Alabama Literacy Act. And State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will be with us to talk about pausing the...

Duration:00:56:39

April 15, 2021

4/15/2021
We report on a House committee today approving a bill to legalize medical marijuana, sending it to the House floor. We will also report on the legislature today giving final passage to a major bail reform constitutional amendment. We will report on the Senate approving both a bill to block federal gun control laws and a bill to ban transgender youth from competing in K-12 female sports. We will be joined by Rep. Rod Scott, who will discuss his bill that would give students credit for...

Duration:00:26:39

April 14, 2021

4/14/2021
We will report on a committee public hearing today on a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. We will also report on another committee public hearing on legislation that would increase the penalties for removing historical monuments. Rep. Gil Isbell will join us to discuss Senate passage of a comprehensive gambling bill and whether there is enough time to see it through to final legislative passage. And Rep. Merika Coleman will also be with us to discuss gambling and a Democratic push...

Duration:00:26:39

April 13, 2021

4/13/2021
Lottery issue looms large over state Senate; Alabama joins national "pause" of J & J vaccine over ‘"rare" side effects; AG says "no comment" on Democratic call for probe of Sec. of State John Merrill, but says his office will review any criminal complaint that come to its attention; Rep. David Standridge of Hayden will be with us to talk about his bill that would have the Sec. of State conduct one-time post-election audits; Rep. Mike Ball of Madison will also join us to discuss his bill to...

Duration:00:26:39

April 12, 2021

4/12/2021
We have a preview of the upcoming legislative week, including possible Senate action on a proposed state lottery and another scheduled House committee vote on a medical marijuana bill. We’re joined by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, who discusses his lottery concerns and a bill he’s working on that would use existing tax revenue to continue to fund Confederate Memorial Park and also to fund Black History sites. And Alabama ABC Board Admin. Mac Gipson talks with us about bills that would both allow...

Duration:00:26:39