Legislative Report

Legislative Report – April 19, 2019

Volume 12 Number 4 – April 19, 2019

10th & 11th legislative days

Bill to Freeze Police Jurisdictions Approved by the Senate

On Thursday, the Senate passed the committee substitute to SB 23, by Sen. Chris Elliott (R – Fairhope). This legislation restricts the extraterritorial jurisdiction that can be exercised by municipal governments.

Working with representatives of the Alabama League of Municipalities and other organizations, Sen. Elliott offered a substitute to this bill in committee earlier in the process. The… Continue reading

Legislative Report – April 12, 2019

Volume 12 Number 3 – April 12, 2019

8th & 9th legislative days

Ethics Bill Stalls in Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee discussed but did not take action on SB 230, which would overhaul the state’s ethics law.

The bill would make changes to the current ethics law, including eliminating an existing ban on gifts and instead requiring lobbyists to report everything they give.

The Ethics Commission Executive Director and Attorney General oppose the bill because they say it will… Continue reading

Legislative Report – April 5, 2019

Volume 12 Number 2 – April 5, 2019

5th, 6th & 7th legislative days

House Approves Bill to Exempt Economic Developers from Ethics Requirements

On Thursday, the House approved HB 289 by Rep. Alan Baker (R – Brewton) by a vote of 94 – 4. Under the bill, economic developers would not be considered lobbyists and would not be required to register with the state or disclose their employers and activity.

A similar bill was signed into law last year,… Continue reading

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Volume 12 Number 1 – March 22, 2019

2nd, 3rd & 4th legislative days

Regular Session Restarts

The legislature reconvened the regular session on Tuesday after approving the Rebuild Alabama infrastructure funding program and adjourning the special session last week.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R – Anniston) started the session off with a bang by moving his bill to allow for Alabamians to donate a portion of their state income tax returns to “We Build the Wall, Inc.”… Continue reading

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Volume 19 Number 12 – March 30, 2018

24th, 25th, & 26th legislative days

Legislature Adjourns Sine Die, Approves Economic Development Bill

The legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, March 29, three weeks earlier than required. Leaving four legislative days unused, legislators returned home to campaign for reelection.

Prior to adjournment, the House approved HB 317 by Rep. Ken Johnson (R – Moulton) after contentious debate. By a vote of 55 – 22, with 22 Representatives abstaining, the… Continue reading

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Volume 19 Number 11 – March 23, 2018

21st, 22nd, & 23rd legislative days

Rural Broadband Bill Delivered to the Governor

SB 149, which establishes the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund, received final approval by the legislature this week and was delivered to the Governor for her signature.

The House of Representatives approved the bill late Tuesday night. As mentioned last week, the House Ways and Means – Education committee changed the bill from a tax credit program to a grant… Continue reading

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Volume 19 Number 10 – March 16, 2018

19th & 20th legislative days

Rural Broadband Bill Clears House Committee

On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means – Education Committee approved SB 149 by Sen. Clay Scofield (R – Guntersville), which aims to promote investment in broadband in rural Alabama where many citizens do not have access to high speed Internet. The bill, which was unanimously approved by the Senate as a tax credit bill, was substituted in House committee as… Continue reading

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Volume 19 Number 9 – March 9, 2018

17th & 18th legislative days

Senate Approves Payday Lending Regulation Bill

The Senate approved SB 138 by Sen. Arthur Orr (R – Decatur) by a vote of 20 – 4 on Thursday. The bill would set the term for all payday loans at 30 calendar days. The current term for payday loans is between 10 and 31 calendar days.

By requiring a 30-day term, the legislation would cut in half the rate… Continue reading

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Volume 19 Number 8 – March 2, 2018

15th & 16th legislative days

Senate Approves Pay Increase for State Employees

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 28 – 1 to approve a three percent pay raise for state employees. The last cost-of-living increase was approved in 2008. Senators also approved a one-time bonus for retired state and education employees. Under the proposal, they would receive $1 for every month served, which would translate to $360 for a 30-year career.

Both bills… Continue reading

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Volume 19 Number 7 – February 23, 2018

13th & 14th legislative days

Bill to Ban Traffic Cameras Delayed

Rep. Ken Johnson’s (R – Moulton) bill to ban cities from using automated cameras to enforce traffic signals and speeding laws was delayed in the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.

The bill, which is just three pages long, would ban the use of the cameras and would repeal any city ordinances allowing their use.

Rep. Allen Treadaway… Continue reading