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February 28, 2014
Week 7 - Legislative Update
The Alabama House of Representatives passed a $1.83 billion General Fund budget (HB235) after long discussions about chronically underfunded state departments and the grim outlook of future budgets. The 2014-15 budget is about $1.7 million higher than Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposed $1.82 billion budget, and included level funding for most state agencies, including the Department of Corrections (ADOC), Mental Health and the Unified Judicial System.
Other Action in the House:
Passed HB 141 which would allow veterinarians to practice at spay neuter clinics.
Passed supplemental appropriations to various state agencies, including the Alabama Beverage Control Board, the Music Hall of Fame Fund, the Court of Civil Appeals and the Alabama Job Creation and Military Stability Commission.
Passed HB 367 which would conditionally provide a 4 percent cost-of-living increase for state employees in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Held lengthy debate and adjourned over legislation that would require drug testing of certain applicants to receive public assistance. The Senate did pass pass various other bills regarding public assistance:
Passed SB 63 requiring public assistance applicants with convictions for use or distribution of drugs within five years of the application or use of benefits.
Passed SB 87 forbidding the state from seeking statewide waivers from workfare requirements for able-bodied recipients of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits without dependents.
Passed SB 114 creating crime of fraudulently obtaining public assistance benefits.
Passed SB 115 requiring Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) applicants to apply for at least three jobs before submitting an application for assistance.
Passed SB 116 forbidding the use of TANF benefits for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and other items.
Passed SB 202, sponsored by Sen. Patricia Dunn, D-Birmingham, allowing persons 70 years of age or older to request exemptions from jury service.
Passed SB 75 that would require local boards of education to provide information on meningitis.
Passed SB 282, sponsored by Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, exempting the Samford University Foundation from state, county and municipal sales and use taxes.
Passed SB 302 providing for electronic citation fees as additional court costs, and for their use.
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