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February 7, 2014

Week 4 - 2014 Legislative Update

House of Representatives:

Passed HB 93, which would require animal shelters to report the total number of animals that have entered the facility and the disposition of the animals, and to make that report available to the public.

Passed HB 25, which would limit liabilities for landowners who allow motorized, off-road vehicle activities on their properties.

Passed HB 33, which would authorize police to arrest someone without warrant under certain conditions for trespassing on the property of an education institution.

Passed HB 19, which would allow the state to develop and maintain a searchable inventory database of all state personal property for each department and agency.

Passed HB 20, which would allow the state to develop and maintain an inventory of all facilities and lands owned, leased, rented or maintained by any agency of the state.

Passed HB 26, a constitutional amendment that would prohibit unfunded mandates for school boards unless enacted by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.

Passed HB 71, which would remove the requirement to publish certain lists of registered voters, inspectors, clerks and election notices in newspapers. The bill would also require that information be posted on the county’s website, and that a display advertisement identifying where those lists and notices are available be published in the newspaper of general circulation in the county.

Senate:

Dealt with Sunset Bills for several agencies.

Passed SB 36, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, which bans lawmakers from lobbying either chamber of the Legislature for two years after they depart; bans the governor and members of the governor’s family from lobbying four years after they leave; further regulates lawmakers’ access to tickets to sporting events; extends the ban on “double-dipping” to family members of lawmakers and prohibits the employers of state officials from contributing to their employees’ campaigns.

Retired state employees might get their first pension bonus since 2008. The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to provide a one-time bonus. The bill’s sponsor, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said the amount and affordability of the bonus still must be determined

And an Alabama Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that its sponsor said would allow Alabamians to take part in clinical trials of a marijuana extract that may have medicinal properties. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, would allow those facing prosecution for possession of the substance, known as cannabidiol, to use medical necessity as a defense.

 

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