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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Military voting bill in committee today

A bill to expand voting options in Alabama for military and overseas citizens is in committee this morning.

HB30, sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Martin. D-Clanton, is in the House Constitution and Elections committee at 9:30 a.m. today.

Last year, the same bill made it through the legislature but was killed at the last minute due to an amendment that many in the Senate perceived to be aimed at Artur Davis' campaign for governor.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman and her staff have championed this bill for several years and they hope to see it pass this year, they've said in multiple interviews with the Montgomery Advertiser.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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