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January 13, 2018

Legislative Session Update, Week 1

The Alabama Legislature began its annual Regular Session on Tuesday, January 9th.  The Session is limited by law to 30 days within a 105 calendar day period, so the Session must conclude no later than APRIL 23rd.

After convening on Tuesday afternoon and conducting general business relating to the opening of the Session, both Houses recessed for the Governor’s annual State of the State address.  Gov. Ivey referenced pay raises for education and state employees, more money for mental health care in the Dept. of Corrections, hiring more correction officers and improving broadband access throughout the state.

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      HIGHLIGHT OF SOME BILLS INTRODUCED THIS WEEK:

A bill was introduced in both Houses that would prohibit municipalities from regulating companies like Uber and Lyft and provide for permitting and licensing such transportation network companies by the Public Service Commission. (SB143, Singleton)

A bill was introduced in the House that would require previously exempt faith-based child care facilities to be licensed by DHR and meet standard safety requirements.  (HB76, Warren)

A bill was introduced in the Senate that would authorize carrying or possessing a firearm without a permit in automobiles and certain other locations.  (SB3, Allen)

A bill was introduced in both Houses that would reestablish the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP).  (HB1, Hanes/SB2, Shellnut)

A bill was introduced in the House that would provide that a person is not criminally liable for using physical or deadly force in self-defense or in the defense of another on the premises of a church.  (HB34, Greer)

A bill was introduced in the House that would require abortion providers to provide a woman seeking an abortion with certain information prior to performing an abortion.  (HB52, Rich)

A bill was introduced in the House that would require a person over the age of 21 convicted of sex offenses against a child 12 years of age or younger to be chemically castrated at the offender’s expense before release from custody.  (HB116, Hurst)

A proposed Constitutional Amendment was introduced in the House that would exempt the state from the observance of daylight saving time.  (HB185, Hanes)

A bill was introduced in the Senate that would provide for stem cell treatment options for certain patients with terminal illnesses or severe chronic illnesses under certain conditions.  (SB16, Allen)

A bill was introduced in the Senate that would allow the taking of whitetail deer or feral swine by means of bait.  (SB61, Dial)

A bill was introduced in the Senate that would establish a local and state program for financing the rehabilitation and improvement of roads and bridges with the debt obligations paid from the proceeds from additional gasoline and diesel fuel excise taxes and registration fees on certain alternative fuel vehicles.  (SB86, Dial)

A bill was introduced in the Senate that would remove the Lt. Governor as the President of the Senate and make the sole duty of the Lt. Governor to succeed the Governor upon his removal from office.  (SB88, Dial)

A proposed Constitutional Amendment was introduced in the Senate that would limit members of the legislature from serving more that 3 consecutive terms.  (SB120, Hightower)

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In the first week of Session, 14 Committees met to consider multiple bills.


For More Information Visit This Website: Week One Legislative Report_ Alabama Political Reporter


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