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March 2, 2012

Session Updates

Session Update – Week 4

House: 

-Approved a bill on an 84-8 vote that supporters hope will curtail the theft of metallic items from buildings, construction sites, cemeteries, and even from along Alabama roads.  The bill requires metals recyclers to keep additional records concerning metal they have purchased. Law enforcement officials hope this will make it easier to track stolen metallic items. The bill also prohibits recyclers from buying metal from someone younger than 18 and provides criminal penalties for persons who damage certain metal items, like electric power equipment. The measure now goes to the Senate for debate.


-A plan to increase the state property tax by half a mill which would raise about $28 million a year, was thought to have enough support early in the week to pass the House, but wilted in response to lobbying by the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Forestry Association.  Rep. Richard Laird said he will not seek a House vote on HB275 until he thinks he has the votes to pass it.


Senate:

-passed a number of local bills which originated in the House

-Passed SB 272 amending the tax deferred annuity and deferred compensation program for participating employees.


Both the House and Senate have now given final approval to a bill to offer incentives to companies that create jobs in the coal industry. Goes to the governor for signature.

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