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Weekly 2019 Legislative Report

Beth Lyons

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The Alabama Legislature adjourned the 2019 annual Regular Session Sine Die on Friday, May 31 on the 28th day of the session. Gov. Kay Ivey is expected to call a Special Session in the fall to address the prison situation. The 2020 annual Regular Session will convene on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

There were 1,070 bills introduced during the 2019 Regular Session.

SIGNIFICANT DURING THE WEEK:

The House passed a resolution Celebrating the Life and Mourning the Death of Jean Jumonville Gaston. Gaston passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. She was married to House Speaker Pro Tempore Victor Gaston for 46 years. Gaston and her husband raised two sons who have given them six grandchildren [HR270 by Rep. Chris Pringle].

SIGNIFICANT BILLS PASSED DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE SESSION:

Bills passed in the last five days of the session have 10 days from the date of adjournment to be signed by the governor or they automatically receive pocket vetoes.

Following a Conference Committee to work out the differences between the Senate and House versions of the $2.1 billion General Fund Budget legislation, a substitute was agreed on, and the bill was sent to the governor. The bill includes increases to the Department of Corrections, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Department of Mental Health, a significant decrease to Medicaid, which will be partially offset by carried over funds, and no funding for Medicaid expansion. The final version includes $35.06 million to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program [HB152 by Rep. Steve Clouse].

Following a Conference Committee to work out the differences between the Senate and House versions of the$7.1 billion Education Trust Fund Budget, a substitute was agreed on, and the bill was sent to the governor.

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The bill is a 7 percent increase over last year’s budget with increases for public universities, the community college system, rural broadband grant programs and First Class pre-K program [SB199 by Sen. Arthur Orr].

A Senate bill that provides for a 4 percent pay raise for K-12 employees [SB192 by Sen. Arthur Orr].

A House bill that would prohibit an employer from paying any of its employees at wage rates less than those paid to employees of another sex or race for equal work [HB225 by Rep. Adline Clarke].

A Senate bill that would provide further for the exemptions of the Alabama Toll Road, Bridge and Tunnel Authority from state and local taxation [SB154 by Sen. Chris Elliott].

A Senate bill that would further provide for the process of issuing notice to pay a toll and would authorize the non-renewal of the vehicle registration for vehicles whose owners fail to pay the required toll and administration fees [SB347 by Sen. David Sessions].

A House bill that would provide that the surviving spouse and dependents of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018, will continue to receive worker’s compensation benefits [HB187 by Rep. Matt Fridy].

A House bill that would update the amnesty and class action provisions of the Simplified Sellers Use Tax and clarify transactions for which the tax cannot be collected and remitted [HB183 by Rep. Rod Scott].

A House bill that would include additional activity that would constitute the crime of receiving stolen property in the second degree, including firearms [HB375 by Rep. Matt Simpson].

A Senate bill that would provide for the operation of shared micro-mobility device systems and would require the consent of a county or municipality prior to the use of the system in the county or municipality [SB312 by Sen. Rodger Smitherman].

A Senate bill that would authorize autonomous vehicles operated by an automated driving system under certain circumstances [SB47 by Sen. Gerald Allen].

A House bill that would authorize the secretary of state to establish procedures to allow a voter to be placed on a permanent absentee voter list upon proof of having a permanent disability [HB174 by Rep. Victor Gaston].

A House bill that would phase in the requirement that each public K-12 school offer courses in computer science [HB216 by Rep. David Faulkner].

A House bill that would require municipal fire departments provide supplemental insurance coverage to pay the claims of a career firefighter who has served 12 consecutive months and has been diagnosed with cancer under certain conditions [HB360 by Rep. Phillip Pettus].

A House bill that would prohibit a vehicle traveling on the interstate highway from remaining in the leftmost lane for more than 1 1/2 miles without completely passing another vehicle [HB212 by Rep. Phillip Pettus].

A House bill that would require hospitals and health care facilities to report non-accidental gunshot wounds to law enforcement [HB288 by Rep. Adline Clarke].

A House bill that would create the “Alabama Incentives Modernization Act” to add tax incentives for the attraction and expansion of businesses in rural Alabama and enhance Alabama’s participation in opportunity zone programs [HB540 by Rep. Bill Poole].

A Senate bill that would allow public schools to offer elective courses focusing on the study of the Bible in grades 6 through 12 and allow for the display of artifacts, monuments, symbols and texts related to the study of the Bible [SB14 by Sen. Tim Melson].

A Senate bill that would require the Department of Agriculture and Industries to develop a plan for monitoring and regulating the production of hemp [SB225 by Sen. Tim Melson].

A Senate bill that would authorize licensed manufacturers of alcoholic beverages within an entertainment district that conduct tastings and samplings to sell beverages for consumption outside the premises [SB276 by Sen. Rodger Smitherman].

A House bill that would provide for the State Board of Health to conduct criminal background checks on EMS personnel seeking licensure and provide penalties for unauthorized disclosure or records generated from a criminal background check [HB58 by Rep. Chris Sells].

A Senate bill that would provide reporting requirements for property seized for forfeiture in connection with a crime and provide certain requirements for the accounting and spending of the proceeds [SB191 by Sen. Arthur Orr].

A Senate bill that would exclude certain places or spaces for tent camping, marine slips and recreational vehicles from the state transient occupancy — lodging — tax [SB308 by Sen. Gerald Allen].

A House bill that would require a person convicted of a sex offense involving a person under the age of 13 to undergo chemical castration as a condition of parole [HB379 by Rep. Steve Hurst].

A House bill that would make several changes to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, including having the governor appoint the director as opposed to the board [HB380 by Rep. Connie Rowe].

A House bill that would implements steps to improve the reading proficiency of students and ensure that every student completing the third grade is able to read at or above grade level [HB388 by Rep. Terri Collins].

A House bill that would require state colleges and universities to broadly protect all free speech rights of students and faculty and to pass policy statements to implement [HB498 by Rep. Matt Fridy].

A House bill that would allow a public school district to donate surplus, non-expired food to a charitable organization for the purpose of redistributing the food to needy students participating in federal school nutrition programs [HB566 by Rep. Wes Kitchens].

A Senate bill that would exclude certain rentals that are not for overnight accommodations from the lodging tax [SB171 by Sen. Garlan Gudger].

A Senate bill that would authorize the judge of probate to appoint up to two high school or college students to work as unpaid student interns at each polling place in the county on election day [SB240 by Sen. Donnie Chesteen].

A Senate bill that would criminalize the act of recording or attempting to record any image or video of private, intimate body parts of another person without that person’s consent [SB26 by Sen. Clyde Chambliss].

A Senate bill that would require the Department of Public Health, instead of the Department of Mental Health as currently required, to provide education and services regarding care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or related diseases to those individuals, their families and the general public [SB330 by Sen. Greg Albritton].

A Senate bill that originally would have allowed the use of medical marijuana if a person had a qualifying condition and a valid medical cannabis card but was substituted to create a Medical Cannabis Study Commission instead [SB236 by Sen. Tim Melson].

A House bill that would provide additional penalties for criminal littering and include enhanced penalties for littering of certain items including cigarettes, cigars, containers of urine and restaurant food containers [HB500 by Rep. Margie Wilcox].

A House bill that would increase the number of years a person must be admitted to practice law before he or she can qualify to be appointed or elected to a circuit or district court judgeship [HB529 by Rep. David Faulkner].

SIGNIFICANT BILLS THAT FAILED DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE SESSION:

The Senate Judiciary Committee failed to give a favorable report to a House proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allow bail unless a person is charged with a capital offense or certain felonies [HB282 by Rep. Chip Brown].

A House bill that would prohibit a person from holding or otherwise using his or her body to support a wireless communications device or standalone electronic device while operating a motor vehicle [HB404 by Rep. K. L. Brown].

A Senate bill that would give wireless providers nearly unlimited access to city and county rights-of-way for the installation of small cell structures and create a new process for an exemption for wireless providers from rights-of-way requirements of a city and a county [SB264 by Sen. Arthur Orr].

A House bill that would require a child to successfully complete kindergarten before being admitted to the first grade in public elementary schools [HB423 by Rep. Pebblin Warren].

A House bill that would provide for the annexation of all property in overlapping police jurisdictions upon consent of all of the parties and all of the affected municipalities under certain conditions [HB75 by Rep. Terri Collins].

A House bill that would provide that a person commits the crime of assault in the second degree if the person causes physical injury to a journalist or other in the performance of the journalist’s duties [HB312 by Rep. Prince Chestnut].

A Senate bill that would authorize local boards of education to sell advertising space on school buses [SB411 by Sen. Greg Reed].

A House bill that would establish a new Tier III benefit retirement plan for employees who first become a member of the Teachers’ Retirement System on or after Jan. 1, 2013 [HB77 by Rep. Alan Baker].

 

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Opinion | Marsh hurls accusations at Gov. Ivey. Is he barking mad?

Bill Britt

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Appearing on the latest edition of Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” Sen. President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, blamed Gov. Kay Ivey for the loss of some 450,000 jobs in Alabama.

It’s an absurd accusation that any thinking Alabamian knows is a lie. But Marsh wants to hurt Ivey because she exposed him as little more than a petty, greedy-gut politico.

Still stinging from the public humiliation he suffered after Ivey revealed his “wish list” — which included taking $200 million in COVID-19 relief money to build a new State House — Marsh is leveling a cascade of recriminations against the popular governor.

However, what is astonishing is that he would spew brazen lies about Ivey during raging loss and uncertainty caused by a worldwide pandemic. This latest fiction about Ivey creating widespread economic calamity is the unseemly work of a hollow man without empathy, wisdom or decency.

This insane assertion that Ivey is somehow responsible for thousands suffering is as cravenly evil as it is politically stupid.

“The policies that have been put in place by the [Ivey] administration have 450,000 people out of work,” Marsh told show host Don Daily.

Only a fool, a nutjob or a politician would blame Ivey for losing some 450,000 jobs, but there was Marsh, on public television, showing he is perhaps all three.

In the middle of his barking-mad comments, Marsh somehow forgot to mention that he was a member of Ivey’s Executive Committee on the COVID-19 task force and helped make the very policies he now claims led to joblessness and financial ruin for many Alabamians.

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Marsh is merely making it up as he goes because his fragile ego, pompous character and rank inhumanity suddenly became fully displayed for every Alabamian to see when he doubled down on building a new State House.

And so, like a guy caught with his pants down, Marsh is pointing his finger at Ivey to distract from his naked indifference toward the struggles of his fellow Alabamians.

Marsh’s plan to spend the CARES Act funds on a State House and other pet projects ignored the sufferings of hundreds of thousands of the state’s most vulnerable citizens and businesses.

Ivey wanted the nearly $1.9 billion in CARES funds to go to help those individuals, businesses and institutions affected by COVID-19. Marsh wanted it as a Senate piggybank, so, he lashes out at her rather than reflect on how he and the State Senate could do better in the future.

Anyone who blames others for their failings is a weakling, not a leader.

Marsh came to power under a scheme hatched around 2008, by then-Gov. Bob Riley. The plan was to make Mike Hubbard the speaker of the House, Marsh as pro tem and Bradley Byrne as governor. Riley would act as the shadow puppet master pulling the strings of power from behind a thin curtain of secrecy, allowing him to make untold riches without public accountability.

Byrne losing the governor’s race to the hapless State Rep. Dr. Doctor Robert Bentley was the first glitch in the plan (yes, during the 2010 campaign for governor, Bentley changed his name to Doctor Robert Julian Bentley so the title Doctor would appear next to his name on the primary ballot).

The second problem for the venture was Hubbard’s avarice, which landed him on the wrong side of the ethics laws he, Riley, Byrne and Marsh championed. Of course, the ethics laws were never meant to apply to them. They were designed to trap Democrats.

Marsh has floundered since Hubbard’s grand departure and with Riley sinking further into the background, it is now apparent that Riley was the brains, Hubbard the muscle and Marsh the errand boy, picking up bags of cash to finance the operation.

Gofers rarely rise to power without the public noticing they’re not quite up for the job, and so it is with Marsh that his office has shown the limits of his abilities.

Marsh wanted to control the COVID-19 relief money to spend on pork projects as he’d done in the past, but Ivey didn’t allow it. To be outsmarted is one thing, but to be beaten by a woman is too much for a guy like Marsh.

Ivey burned Marsh like a girl scout roasting marshmallows over a campfire.

Senator Marshmallow, anyone?

Poor Marsh, with his political career in turmoil, picked the wrong target in Ivey.

Some look at Ivey and see a kind, grandmotherly figure. Ivey is as tough as a junkyard dog, and now Marsh knows what her bite feels like.

Ivey didn’t cause massive job losses. COVID-19 did that. But Marsh got his feelings hurt, bless his heart, so he wants to take Ivey down.

Just like his scheme to commandeer the COVID-19 funds from the people didn’t work, his attack on Ivey won’t either.

People see Marsh for what he is, and it’s neither strong nor competent; it’s weak and ineffectual.

Marsh stood behind Ivey when she announced the state’s health orders wearing an American flag style mask.

He voted for her executive amendment.

And now he lies.

In times of real crisis, true leaders emerge while others of lesser abilities whine. Marsh is complaining. Ivey is leading.

And so the public watches as The Masked Marshmallow takes on Iron-jawed Ivey. It’s not tricky to see how this cage match turns out.

Marshmallow, down in three.

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Amid the pandemic, a campaign adapts

Chip Brownlee

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He stepped up to the podium, an American flag behind his right shoulder, an Alabama flag to his left. These briefings are much like any other press conference the senator has given since he took office in January 2018, except these are streamed on Facebook Live, and Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama wore a camouflage turkey hunting mask — the same one he’s worn on the floor of the U.S. Senate and in hearings.

He decided to wear it after a turkey hunt with his son and a friend a few weeks ago, with appropriate social-distancing, of course.

“Unfortunately, I think the turkeys were also maintaining social distancing from those who were trying to attract them,” Jones said in an interview. “I just thought, this is kind of nice. Why don’t I just go ahead and wear it? It’s an interesting mask for a southern Democrat.”

Since our interview, Jones has not backed off from his insistence that others wear a mask, too, when in public places. He regularly echoes messages from State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson, Gov. Kay Ivey and even Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, who all have stressed the importance of face coverings.

“There is so much misinformation that’s going on out there,” Jones said. “You know, I just feel like I have an obligation. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a scientist. I’m trying to learn and do the best I can. But for me to do the best I can, I’ve got to learn. I’ve got to listen. I think it’s important for the public to do that as well.”

Since he began the live-streamed press conferences seven weeks ago, they’ve gotten more than 300,000 views and have become a parade of the who’s who of Alabama’s COVID response. Public health experts, local officials, doctors and business leaders have been regular guests. Since the COVID-19 crisis began for Alabama in mid-March, Jones, the state’s junior senator, has been one of the most available and outspoken elected officials in Alabama, even when he’s in Washington. He lets public health experts answer questions. He urges caution.

“My responsibility is to get accurate information out from people who know the science and understand what we’re up against from a science and health standpoint,” Jones said in an interview. “Don’t listen to politicians on either side of the aisle unless they are just parroting what a health care professional says. Listen to science and listen to the data.”

In these briefings, Jones has avoided politics and campaign talk. He rarely casts blame, though he hasn’t been afraid to criticize the Trump administration’s handling of the virus or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for “playing politics.”

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A first-term Democrat elected in a surprise upset election in 2017, Jones has been walking a line between praising Alabama’s Republican governor for her leadership and criticizing President Donald Trump for what Jones says has been, and continues to be, a lack of leadership from the White House.

But what’s nearly as noticeable is what he has barely mentioned since Alabama confirmed its first case in March: his re-election campaign.

Jones is up for re-election in November as perhaps the most vulnerable incumbent Democrat in the country.

In a normal world, the campaign would be in full swing by now. But in COVID-era Alabama, despite the governor’s easing of restrictions, Jones does not even have an opponent, yet, and the campaign is in partial hibernation as the senator focuses on his work in his official capacity as a senator.

“Everything except fundraising has been on hold,” Jones said. “We’ve done some campaign Zoom, virtual events. But to be honest with you, I’ve been so engaged since March trying to do those things that I think I need to do as a senator, we still are trying to formulate what a campaign looks like going forward.”

Jones has sent a letter to nearly every agency in the federal government, it seems like, over the past month or two — whether it is the USDA, seeking more aid for cattlemen and dairy producers, or with questions about how the USDA is implementing food assistance programs. Or the Treasury, asking that taxpayers receive their relief stimulus payments on debit cards to make it easier and faster. He’s worked with Republicans like Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton to get those things done.

He’s also pushed for expanded economic relief for small businesses and their employees through his Paycheck Security Act, a refundable tax credit of up to $90,000 annually per employee, to rehire and pay laid off and furloughed workers and restore their health care benefits.

If passed, it would also provide small and mid-sized businesses with funds to pay for rent, mortgages, utilities and other operating costs until they can reopen safely and sales begin to recover.

In the past few weeks, Jones has been pressing hard for a plan to bring health care manufacturing back to America — and to Alabama in particular.

“We’re so dependent on foreign countries — China and other countries — for our personal protective equipment, including for our prescription drugs,” Jones said. “We need to do all that we can to bring that manufacturing home. We should never ever get caught again in regard to a shortage of PPE because we don’t have enough for this country. There’s no reason why we can’t do it.”

Jones proposes using tax incentives for companies that build medical equipment in the U.S., retrain workers for those jobs and encourages companies to restart idle factories to make health care equipment.

“I think we could be the next healthcare manufacturing hub just like we’ve done so well with automobile manufacturing. There’s no question it’s coming,” Jones said. “Now we want Alabama to be on the forefront of that. I want us to be on the cutting edge of that, to be out front and not lose it to some of the other southern states.”

Regardless of who is nominated as the Republican candidate, Jones faces another uphill battle. As much as he is a full-blooded southerner — someone raised in a family that once supported firebrand segregationist Gov. George Wallace, someone who would wear a camo hunting mask to a press conference, someone who frequents deer stands with a rifle in the winter and turkey hunts in the spring — Jones is also a full-blooded Democrat.

He was a prosecutor appointed by President Bill Clinton, and has been a friend and supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden since the former vice president’s first run for the presidency in the 1980s. In the few years since he took office, Jones has made it a mission to build up the Alabama Democratic Party, which was out of money and without a winning statewide candidate for nearly a decade before his win in 2017.

As much as Jones’s 2017 election — defined by the sexual assault, misconduct and harassment allegations against his opponent former, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore — was shrouded in uncertainty and surprise, the 2020 campaign is likely to be even more chaotic in that it will be shrouded by concerns over the novel coronavirus.

Not only is Jones, a moderate Democrat, running for re-election in a red state loyal to Trump, he’s doing so in the middle of a pandemic.

“At this point, we would have thought we would have had an opponent by April 1, and more things would be transitioned over to campaign events,” Jones said. “We’ve just not been able to do that, for obvious reasons. But also, it’s just been extremely busy. I’ve felt like it is part of my job to try to be out there as much as I can to let folks know that we’re working. They don’t want to hear a campaign speech.”

While Jones has been holding weekly briefings, with more time in front of the camera than the state’s governor, his potential opponents have taken to attacking each other in public fashion. Trump has repeatedly waded into the fight.

Jones’s challenger hasn’t been picked yet. The primary runoff that will decide between former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was postponed until July because of concerns over the virus.

While the two are battling over their support for Trump, they’ve largely avoided the topic of the pandemic. Sessions releases statements every few weeks calling for plans to “hold the Communist Chinese Government accountable for its cover-up of the Wuhan Virus” and little else.

Sessions’ feud with Trump and Tuberville, which reached a fever-pitch over the weekend, has grabbed far more headlines than anything Sessions or Tuberville have proposed to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

Jones said he’s paying little attention to that feud, even when he gets “@-ed” by the president on Twitter. Trump called Jones a “weak & pathetic puppet for Crazy Nancy Pelosi & Cryin’ Chuck Schumer” on Saturday in a tweet bashing Sessions and supporting Tuberville.

“I don’t really pay much attention to Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville at this point,” Jones said. “We had a hell of a record going into February and March of this year. I was very, very proud of the things we’ve done for veterans, things for businesses, things for farmers. But we’ve been able to do things during this pandemic that have been extremely important for the folks in Alabama.”

No matter how the GOP primary turns out, Jones will be facing off against another unknown, as he has so many times before. Sessions, once a favored son, has drawn repeated criticism from Trump for recusing from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Tuberville has no government experience, though being a football coach might as well be a public office in Alabama.

Despite the virus, Republican campaign groups are beginning to hammer Jones over his support for Biden, and Republicans are banking on picking up Jones’s Senate seat.

Jones said he is confident the voters in Alabama will be able to judge his work separately from the party he is in.

“There are so many things that we have done for so many different groups in Alabama,” Jones said. “I think people are recognizing that all of a sudden, this Democrat who got elected in 2017 is paying attention, and we’ve been there for people. They see what we have done for the last two years, but they also see what we’ve done during this crisis.”

Trump won Alabama by nearly 28 percentage points in 2016, and Jones won by only a razor-thin margin in 2017, despite his opponent being credibly accused of sexual misconduct with women decades his junior. Republicans believe Moore was a particularly terrible general election candidate, and that pretty much any other Republican could beat Jones.

The allegations united a strange and perhaps unprecedented, at least in Alabama’s history, coalition of moderate crossover Republicans and black people, women and young voters who showed up for Jones. Either way, Moore had a history of underperforming in statewide general elections, having come close to losing an election to the Supreme Court in 2012.

But a national crisis is playing into Jones’s strength: handling situations outside of his control. He played the role of the “sane one” in the 2017 special election defined by accusations against his opponent, and he’s likely to be in a similar position again in 2020, regularly putting public health experts front and center while his opponents either avoid the spotlight, try to shift blame overseas or tie Jones to liberal Democrats in Washington.

“I’m not there to have President Trump’s back,” Jones said. “I’m not there to have President Biden’s back. I’m there to have Alabama’s back. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing and that’s what we’re going to continue to do — doesn’t matter to me how Jeff Sessions or Tommy Tuberville approach what they think needs to be done. I think the people of Alabama want somebody that’s got their back, and not somebody else’s.”

As Jones heads into the 2020 election, he may be largely on his own. The two leading Democratic campaign groups reserved nearly $100 million for the November election in half a dozen states with Republican incumbents, Politico reported. But Jones was left out, and the largest Democratic Senate campaign groups won’t commit to spending big money on his re-election.

But even as those groups won’t commit, Jones is sitting on a war chest that’s nearly 10 times the size of either of his potential opponents. He has nearly $8 million saved up in his campaign account for the upcoming battle.

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Alabama Democratic Party announces qualifying dates for State House District 49 special election

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Thursday the Alabama Democratic Party announced that it has opened on-line qualifying for the upcoming special election in State House District 49.

Any resident of House District 49 may complete a form and apply in person, by mail, or online. The prorated application fee is $558.26. Please call the Democratic Party office at (334) 262-2221 to verify residency and to request additional information.

Candidates may qualify on-line at any time during the qualifying period at: http://aldemocrats.org//

Anyone needing to qualify in-person may come to the Alabama Democratic Party headquarters at 501 Adams Avenue Montgomery. Or candidates may mail in the paperwork to the Alabama Democratic Party, P.O. Box 950, Montgomery, AL 36101.

Qualifying will close on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CST, per the proclamation issued by Governor Kay Ivey (R). All papers and the fee must be turned in at that time.

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Representative April Weaver, R-Briarfield, resigned to take a President Donald J. Trump (R) appointment as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties.

The special primary election for House District 49 will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. If a runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

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ALGOP announces qualifying dates for State House District 49 special election

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Friday the Alabama Republican Party announced that it will open on-line qualifying for the upcoming special election in State House District 49 on Monday, May 25, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. CDT on the party’s website (algop.org).

Candidates may qualify on-line at any time during the qualifying period.

Anyone needing to qualify in-person may come to the Alabama Republican Party headquarters in Hoover at 3505 Lorna Road beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The office will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

Qualifying will close on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CST, per the proclamation issued by Governor Kay Ivey (R).

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Representative April Weaver, R-Briarfield, resigned to take a President Donald J. Trump (R) appointment as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties.

The special primary election for House District 49 will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. If a runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

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