Legislative Report

2017 End of Session Report

Volume 18 Number 13 – May 24, 2017

27th, 28th, 29th, & 30th legislative days

Tumultuous Legislative Session Comes to an End

The legislature adjourned sine die on Friday, May 19, 2017 at approximately 7:00 p.m., ending a tumultuous session plagued by resignations, accusations of racism, and uncertainty.

For the first three months of the 2017 legislative session, the dark cloud of impeachment hung over Montgomery. Whisperings of then-Governor Robert Bentley’s impeachment began in 2016, but efforts ramped up… Continue reading

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Volume 18 Number 12 – May 12, 2017

25th & 26th legislative days

House Spends 17 Hours on Reading of Redistricting Bill

On Tuesday, Rep. Randy Davis (R – Bay Minette) presented the House legislative redistricting plan.

In January, a three-judge federal court ordered the Legislature to redraw nine House districts and three Senate districts because of racial gerrymandering.

Republicans say the new map fixes the problems found by the court, like precincts split for the purpose of putting… Continue reading

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Volume 18 Number 11 – May 5, 2017

22nd, 23rd, & 24th legislative days

Senate Passes Redistricting Plan

After long debate and the reading of much of the bill, the Senate passed a redistricting plan to change the boundaries of several Senate districts.

In January, a federal court ordered the Legislature to redraw three Senate districts and nine House of Representatives districts before next year’s elections. The three-judge court found that the Legislature illegally used race as the main… Continue reading

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Volume 18 Number 10 – April 28, 2017

20th & 21st legislative days

House Passes Historic Monument Preservation Bill

After hours of debate on Thursday, the House passed a bill by a vote of 72 – 29 that will make it more difficult for cities and counties to remove historic monuments.

The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act would make the removal of any monuments on public land subject to approval by the Committee on Alabama Monument Protection, a body that the… Continue reading

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Volume 18 Number 9 – April 21, 2017

18th & 19th legislative days

Governor Moves U.S. Senate Election to August

Earlier this year, former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions vacated his Senate seat to become U.S. Attorney General. Following his resignation, former Governor Robert Bentley appointed then-Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat. When Strange was appointed, Governor Bentley said the election for the Senate seat would coincide with the next state general election in November 2018.… Continue reading

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Volume 18 Number 8 – April 14, 2017

16th & 17th legislative days

Kay Ivey Sworn in as 54th Governor

On Monday, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey was sworn in as Alabama’s 54th Governor following Governor Robert Bentley’s resignation.

Ivey becomes Alabama’s second female governor. The first, Lurleen Wallace, was elected in 1966 and died of cancer in 1968.

Ivey is now in position to complete Bentley’s term, which ends in January 2019.

Gas Tax Legislation Dead

Plans… Continue reading

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Volume 18 Number 7 – April 7, 2017

14th & 15th legislative days

Senate Approves Education Trust Fund Budget

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 29 – 2 to approve the $6.4 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget for fiscal year 2018. The approval came after an extended filibuster from Sen. Paul Bussman (R – Cullman) who tried to move funding from higher education to K-12.

The budget provides a $15 million increase to the state’s pre-kindergarten programs, a major goal… Continue reading

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Volume 18 Number 6 – March 17, 2017

11th, 12th, & 13th legislative days

House Passes General Fund Budget

After more than three hours of debate, the House of Representatives passed the General Fund Budget by a vote of 72 – 28.

Much of the debate came over the lack of a pay raise for state employees. Governor Bentley proposed a four percent raise in his budget, but the House-passed version did not include the raise. The raise… Continue reading

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Volume 18 Number 5 – March 10, 2017

9th & 10th legislative days

House Committee Approves General Fund Budget

The House Ways and Means – General Fund Committee approved the $1.8 billion General Fund budget on Wednesday.

The budget level funds most state agencies and does not include a raise for state employees.

Rep. Steve Clouse (R – Ozark), Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said the budget sets aside $97 million to carry into 2019 or… Continue reading

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Volume 18 Number 4 – March 3, 2017

7th & 8th legislative days

Committee Approves Bill to Repeal Pistol Permit Requirement

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6 – 3 to approve SB 24 by Sen. Gerald Allen (R – Tuscaloosa) after a public hearing.

The bill would repeal the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

Gun rights advocates spoke in favor of the bill saying that permits are an infringement upon their Second Amendment… Continue reading