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April 4, 2014

Week 10- Legislative Update

Tuesday, the 28th legislative day.

House of Representatives

• Concurred with the Senate’s version of the General Fund budget.

• Passed SB 86, which would give deployed military personnel more time to get their tags renewed.

Senate
• Concurred in a conference committee report on the Education Trust Fund budget.

• Passed HB 129, that exempts lunches and sales of tangible property from state sales and use taxes.

• Passed HB 48, extending one-time $1,000 tax credit to households for each child adopted by a household.
Wednesday, the 29th legislative day:

HOUSE:
Held a moment of silence for shooting victims at Fort Hood, Texas.

Passed a resolution honoring the late Jeremiah Denton.

Passed a resolution calling for a constitutional convention to put a gay marriage ban in the U.S. Constitution.

Gave final approval to a bill to block bars, strip clubs, casinos and psychic services from accepting electronic welfare benefit cards. Goes to governor.

Passed a bill that would require welfare applicants to show proof that they’ve applied for three jobs. Goes to Senate.

SENATE:

Gave final approval to a bill doubling the waiting time for an abortion until 48 hours after a woman receives information from an abortion clinic about the risks of abortion, gestational development and alternatives to abortion. Goes to governor.

Approved the governor’s selection of Robert Gilpin and Larry Thornton as trustees of Alabama State University.

Thursday, the last legislative meeting day

Passed SB2 (Kellys Law), which makes it a capital offense when a murder is committed in violation of a pre-existing restraining order.

Passed HB191, which prohibits any child who withdraws from public school to attend an accredited online school from being considered a drop-out or non-graduate for determining graduation rates

Passed SB63, which will require for drug testing of welfare applicants who have a prior drug conviction

Passed SB114, which makes it a crime to defraud many state and federal government-funded assistance programs like Medicaid, Social Security, food assistance and public housing.

Passed SB115, which requires welfare applicants to apply for at least three jobs before receiving benefits, a measure Orr said is intended to encourage applicants to utilize the benefits only as a last resort.

Passed SB116,  which prohibits welfare recipients from spending public assistance benefits on alcohol and tobacco, and at strip clubs and gambling facilities.

 

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