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
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
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
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
Volume 19 Number 6 – February 16, 2018
11th & 12th legislative days
General Fund Budget Approved by Committee
The General Fund passed out of committee on Wednesday, sending forward a $2 billion budget that would be the largest in a decade. This year, growth in Internet sales taxes, estimated at approximately $40 million, and roughly $92 million in carry-forward money from last year’s budget gave legislators some breathing room.
The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee approved the… Continue reading
Volume 19 Number 5 – February 9, 2018
9th & 10th legislative days
Education Budget Approved in Committee
On Wednesday, February 7, the House Ways and Means Education Committee approved a $6.63 billion education budget that provides pay raises for teachers and increased funding for pre-kindergarten and other education and operational programs. The budget now moves on to the floor of the House, where it will be debated on Tuesday.
If approved, the 2019 Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget will… Continue reading
Volume 19 Number 4 – February 2, 2018
7th & 8th legislative days
Senate Passes Rural Broadband Bill
On Thursday, the Senate approved SB 149 by Sen. Clay Scofield (R – Guntersville), which is intended to expand broadband into rural areas. The bill was approved by a vote of 29 – 0.
The legislation would exempt companies that build qualified broadband telecommunications network facilities in rural areas from sales tax for ten years. It would also provide a ten… Continue reading
Volume 19 Number 3 – January 26, 2018
5th & 6th legislative days
House Democrats Announce Legislative Agenda
On January 24, 2018 the Alabama House Democratic Caucus announced their legislative agenda for the 2018 session. In the announcement, Democrats listed their legislative interests and perceived needs for the state, while outlining how they wish to go about solving these issues. The press conference, led by House Democratic Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, focused on a “Clean, Competent, and Competitive Alabama.”
The… Continue reading
Volume 19 Number 2 – January 19, 2018
3rd & 4th legislative days
Winter Weather Derails Legislature
Like most of the state, Montgomery was under a winter weather advisory and hard freeze warning starting Tuesday night. The weather made travel very difficult, so the legislature cancelled all activities on Wednesday and had an abbreviated work day on Thursday.
Tuesday, the House held a Military and Veterans Appreciation Day and focused on honoring our state’s military and veterans. They passed two… Continue reading
Volume 19 Number 1 – January 12, 2018
1st & 2nd legislative days
Governor Ivey Gives First State of the State
On January 9, 2018, Governor Kay Ivey delivered her first, and what she hopes will not be her last, State of the State Address. The speech was optimistic in tone, and delivered a very positive outlook for Alabamians in the years to come. She started by referencing “steadying the ship of state,” a direct allusion to the Bentley scandal… Continue reading