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House stays busy in fourth legislative week

In addition to passing Gov. Kay Ivey’s economic incentives package and a ban on transgender athletes in women’s sports, the House had a busy week with other bills.

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The final passage of the state’s economic incentives package (“The Game Plan”) and a ban on transgender women in women’s college sports gained the most attention in the Legislature last week, but the House was very actives in passing many other bills. Here’s a look back at what happened last week in the House:

HB164 by Rep. Andy Whitt, R-Harvest, would require students to complete a personal financial literacy and money management course before high school graduation. The bill passed 104-0.

SB68 by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, would allow any employee of the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency join the State Police Tier II Plan in Alabama if they are certified by the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission and do law enforcement work. The bill passed 104-0.

HB43 by Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee, would require students to attend kindergarten or show the ability to do the work to advance to first grade. The bill passed 87-12 .

SB147 by Sen. David Sessions, R-Grand Bay, provides that no municipal government can make a rule that stops someone from letting their farm animals run free on someone else’s land or public land. The bill passed 101-0.

SB91 by Sen. Josh Carnley, R-Enterprise, would change the rules for notifying people of a referendum on an assessment to promote peanuts and other crops. The bill passed 101-0.

HB157 by Rep. David Faulkner, R-Mountain Brook, would require that when a public works contract requires the use of iron, the contractor would be required to use iron produced within the United States. The bill passed 102-0.

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HB13 by Rep. Chris England, D- Tuscaloosa, would allow any municipality to authorize a law enforcement officer to issue a summons and complaint in lieu of a custodial arrest for certain criminal offenses. The bill passed 102-0.

HB88 by Rep. Chris Sells, R-Greenville, would allow a licensed manufacturer or importer of alcoholic beverages to donate a limited amount of alcoholic beverages to a licensed nonprofit special event. The bill passed 91-0.

HB30 by Rep. A.J. Campbell, D-Linden, would change the designation of a “failing school” to “lowest sixth percent school.” The legislation would also change the designation of a “nonfailing school” to “highest 94th percent school.” The bill passed 103-0.

HB55 by Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham, would require the Department of Public Health to establish a Certificate of Nonviable Birth form to issue to parents, upon request, for certain nonviable births. The bill passed 100-0.

SB44 by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, would allow a probate judge to sign off on a lawyer getting compensated for work done prior to official appointment to a case. The bill passed 103-0.

SB131 by Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, changes the boundaries of Spanish Fort in Baldwin County. The bill passed 104-0.

HB44 by Rep. Chris Blackshear, R-Phenix City, expands the membership of the Alabama Job Creation and Military Stability Commission to include a retired senior member of the Armed Forces for Fort Benning. The bill passed 103-0.

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HB210 by Rep. Rhett Marques, R-Enterprise, would let military members who are originally from Alabama and have their car registered there, but have to live in another state because of their job, buy car insurance in the state where they are currently living. The bill passed 102-0.

HB261 by Rep. Susan DuBose would require transgender college athletes to play sports that align with their “biological sex.” The bill passed 83-5.

HB72 by Jerry Starnes, R-Prattville, would provide if a hearing is not held within 20 business days for a parolee who is suspected of violating parole, the parolee shall be released back to parole supervision unless exigent circumstances exist that preclude holding the hearing within 20 business days. The bill would also allow a specialist, in addition to a probation officer, to conduct the investigation and provide a written report to the court. The bill passed 89-3.

SB14 by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, would waive fees for a person filing a motion of contempt against a person they have a protection order from abuse order against. The bill passed 104-0.

HB101 by Rep. Ginny Shaver, R-Leesburg, makes changes to the state adoption process and provides for adult adoption. The House voted 104-0 to concur with changes made by the Senate.

SB151 by Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, creates new reporting requirements for the Alabama Department of Commerce and authorizes a legislative committee to do third-party evaluations of them. The bill passed 104-0. 

SB165 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, authorizes the State Industrial Development Authority to make grants for assessment and development of industrial sites. The bill passed 104-0.

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SB16 by Sen. Tom Butler, R-Madison, requires entities, rather than individuals, have pharmacy permits. The bill passed 103-0. 

HB238 by Rep. Wes Kitchens, R-Arab, authorizes the issuance of distinctive motor vehicle license plates to benefit brain cancer research. The bill passed 99-0.

HB77 by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, increases the average monthly state sales tax liability threshold calculation to $20,000 or greater from $5,000 during the preceding calendar year for required estimated payments. The bill passed 103-0.

SB40 by Sen. Chris Elliott, R-Fairhope, prohibits building codes from requiring the installation of some non-operation features on residences. The bill passed 104-0.

HB131 by Rep. Wes Kitchens, R-Arab, would provide that a prisoner is not eligible for parole if he or she has been charged with a new offense that has not been disposed. The bill passed 79-23.

HB45 by Rep. Jeremy Gray, D-Opelika, would require the State Board of Education to adopt guidelines to inform and educate student athletes, parents, and coaches about the signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. The bill passed 102-0.

HB24 by Rep. Reed Ingram, R-Pike Road, increases penalties for loitering and begging along state highways. The bill passed 90-0.

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SB52 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, would allow school personnel, including teachers and coaches, to administer injectable medicine to students with adrenal insufficiency. The bill passed 104-0.

HB52 by Rep. Barbara Drummond, D-Mobile, would require that at least one of the Board of Pardons and Paroles facilities must be a women’s facility. The bill passed 104-0.

HB85 by Rep. Debbie Wood, R-Cullman, would provide that the State Parks Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Department of Mental Health, or the Alabama Medicaid Agency receive contributions from income tax check-offs. The bill passed 102-0.

HB166 by Rep. Parker Moore, R-Hartselle, increases the amount of beer and wine that may be sold in a 24-hour period to match the amounts that may be sold by a delivery service license. The bill passed 46-30.

SB55 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, gives disabled and older Alabamians more decision-making independence without placing them in a guardianship. The bill passed 104-0.

HB40 by Jim Hill, R-Moody, would revise the compensation retired justices and judges receive for their service when returning from retirement. The bill would provide that retired justices and judges receive per diem, mileage, and be provided court-supportive personnel, and that retired justices and judges complete a minimum of six hours of approved continuing legal education. The bill passed 103-0.

HB256 by Rep. Rhett Marques, R-Enterprise, would provide that a motor carrier’s implementation of safety improvement requirements for drivers is not considered in determining a driver’s status as an employee or an independent contractor. The bill passed 104-0.

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HB272 by Rep. Ginny Shaver, R-Leesburg, includes additional activity that would constitute a felony for fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. It passed on a 94-1.

HB75 by Rep. Arnold Mooney, R-Indian Springs, would further establish education and work experience requirements for applicants to qualify for a private investigator license under the Alabama Private Investigation Board. The bill passed 100-0.

HB184 by Rep. Jamie Kiel, R-Russellville, would prohibit any state agency or official from imposing any annual filing or reporting requirement on any charitable organization that is more stringent, restrictive, or expansive than the requirements of existing law. The bill passed 94-0.

HB179 by Rep. James Lomax, R-Huntsville, would provide for the distribution of proceeds from the sales of distinctive motor vehicle license plates to emergency medical services providers. It passed 103-0.

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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