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January 31, 2014

Week 3 - 2014 Legislative Session

HOUSE:

The icy weather prevented many members from attending Tuesday, and a quorum was not present.  However, by week’s end the House had passed the following bills:

• HB 44,  which would allow farmers to obtain reduced annual license tax and registration fees for more than one truck tractor.
• HB 89, which would provide that community development districts remain wet if they are annexed by a municipality or if the territory of the district becomes a municipality.
• HB 129, which would codify regulations exempting private educational institutions from certain sales taxes.
• HB 102, which would create a new Alternative House Program, administered by the Alabama Housing Finance Authority.
• HB 88, which would allow unemployed individuals to earn up to a third of their weekly wages without impacting their benefit.
• HB 27, which would expand the definition of second-degree burglary to include burglary of a habitable-dwelling house.
• HB 58, which would make an alcohol-related death caused by boating under the influence subject to the same penalties as alcohol-related deaths caused by driving any other vehicle.
• HB 47, which would allow judges authorized to issue search warrants to issue warrants for the installation, removal, maintenance, use or monitoring of a tracking device.

Senate
• SB 89, which would make an alcohol-related death caused by boating under the influence subject to the same penalties as alcohol-related deaths caused by driving any other vehicle.
• SB 101, related to criminal background checks for those applying for insurance licenses.
• SB 38, clarifying that the state Department of Education does not regulate private, nonpublic or church schools.
• HB 62, that would change election deadlines to comply with overseas voting requirements. Goes to Gov. Robert Bentley to be signed into law.
• SB 113, requiring courts to accept credit card payments for certain court costs and fees.
• SB 159, exempting cottage food operations from certain county health department guidelines.
• SB 255 and SB 256, both bills related to cotton production.
• SB 61, revising merger and conversion provisions of the Alabama Business and Nonprofit Entities Code.
• SB 80,  related to land use development near military installations in close proximity to local governments.
• SB 107, providing for procedures to prevent state electors to the Electoral College from casting votes unfaithfully.
• SB 162, creating the Alabama Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act.
• SB 121, which would make it a state crime to assert a claim of patent infringement in bad faith

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