Montgomery, Alabama – A bill that would define the term "moral turpitude" has made it through a House committee. The bill would identify more than 70 felonies as crimes, which if committed, would prevent a convicted person from voting.
The bill would also keep a convicted felon from automatically having his or her voting rights restored. The measure is headed to the full Alabama House for consideration.
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's two senators, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, both Republicans, voted against the economic stimulus plan that passed Tuesday in the U.S. Senate.
Shelby, Alabama's senior senator, speaking in Montgomery just prior to the vote is critical of the measure. Shelby said he does not believe the stimulus plan should be the focus of attention; instead, Shelby argues the government should work to correct the nation's banking system.
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Access to health care in Alabama during the recession is the focus of a gathering being held in Birmingham. About 300 community leaders, health care providers and consumers are expected for the Health Care Access Conference being held Tuesday at Birmingham-Southern College. The event is meant to highlight what organizers say is a crisis in health care as budget shortfalls cut into spending for programs including Medicaid and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Opening statements are to be given in the trial of the state of Alabama's lawsuit accusing generic drug producer Sandoz Inc. of overpricing. Attorneys for the state and for Sandoz will give the opening statements beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price's courtroom. A jury of eight men and six women was chosen Monday to hear the trial. The jury includes two alternates. Sandoz is one of more than 70 companies the state sued in 2005
Montgomery, Alabama – A group of neighborhood associations in Montgomery is planning their second mayoral forum this evening.
Calling it the "Montgomery Super Tuesday Power Debates" organizers will hold a candidates forum this evening at the Golden Lady Complex at 2530 E. South Boulevard. The event gets underway at 6:30 and is free and open to the public.
The Montgomery mayoral election will be held March 10th.