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January 24, 2014

Week 2 - 2014 Legislative Session

In a busy three-day meeting week, the Legislature passed several bills and saw a lot of committee action on others.  The following were among bills passing their respective bodies: 

HOUSE:
-Passed a bill that would give a $1,000 tax credit to families who adopt children.  The credit would cost the state about $2.5 million from the Education Trust Fund. Last year, about 2,500 children were adopted.  The tax credit would be given only if both the birth mother and the adoptive parents live in Alabama.

-Passed HB 9, which establishes a Fair Ballot Commission that would be responsible for approving statements that explain the effect of a vote for or against a proposed ballot question.
-Passed a bill to make it a crime for a state or local tax official to audit a group because of its political views.

-Passed a bill to allow health care workers to decline to participate in an abortion, sterilization, cloning or human stem cell research if they have moral, religious or ethical objections

SENATE:

-Passed SB 66, sponsored by Sen. Clay Scofield, that would require the State Ethics Commission to redact certain identifying information from public officials’ records, such as addresses and names of children.

-Passed SB 15 that would allow absentee ballots to be cast by those displaced during an emergency.
 
-Passed SB 188, that would allow probate offices and other officials who register motor vehicles to offer two-year registrations.

-Passed SB 73, authorizing the Alabama Real Estate Appraisers’ Board to consult with law enforcement for criminal background checks on real estate license applicants.

-Passed SB 149, allowing the state Emergency Management Agency to offer surplus property to local EMAs under certain conditions.

-Passed SB 108, that would allow individuals to apply for expungement of certain criminal records if they met certain conditions.

 


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