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February 10, 2017

Legislative Session Update, Week 1

Governor Bentley is seeking an $800 million bond issue for four new state prisons to address a potential federal court mandate to solve overcrowding in the prison system (which is currently 198% capacity).


The Governor’s Education Trust Fund budget for 2017-18 proposes $87.3 million for pre-K, a $20 million increase; $40.8 million for the Alabama Reading Initiative, and level funding of $29. 5 million for the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative;  The budget proposes $91.5 million for Veteran Affairs Scholarships, (a $25 million increase). 


Highlights:

HB 26 by Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham, would increase the state minimum wage to $10/hr.


SB 1 by Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, would impose requirements on any establishment that maintains public restrooms regarding the gender of the persons admitted and create a civil penalty and cause of action for violations.


SB 91 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, would establish the Alabama Information Protection Act of 2017, Businesses would be required to notify consumers and the Attorney General’s Office if a data breach occurs that contains sensitive personal information affecting more than 1,000 Alabama residents.


Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, introduced SB 57 that would include administration of an Applied Behavior Analysis program in order to provide ABA Intervention to children with autism which would be funded through the Education Trust Fund.


SB 85 by Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, relating to criminal penalties for Medicaid fraud, would extend criminal liability to business entities and establish a six-year statute of limitations.


HB 74 by Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, regarding non-discrimination, would create protected classes of individuals and provide a civil cause of action against employers and public establishments.


SB 152 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, is a constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to stipulate six-person juries for misdemeanor and civil cases.


HB 181 by Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, would create a $20,000 tax exemption for tangible business personal property for businesses with 75 or fewer employees.


SB 164 by Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, would mandate that certain employers include insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis therapy. The bill was assigned to the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

 

 

 



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