Bills that Passed the House
- HB108 (Baker) Alabama Industry Recognized and Registered Apprenticeship Program Act – Passed the House 96-0.
- HB506 (Estes) Emergency Certificate Extended – allows emergency certificate to be extended to two years. Passed on a vote of 100-0.
Bills that Passed the Senate
- HB339 (Ledbetter) Pledge of Allegiance - Would require the pledge of allegiance be conducted at the beginning of each school day. Passed the Senate with an amendment. The bill goes back to the House for concurrence.
- SB90 (Scofield) Broadband Grant Program – Revisions to a grant program to provide broadband in underserved areas. The Senate ETF Budget appropriated $30 million to this grant program.
Bills Introduced and Added to Tracking:
- HB570 (Collins) This bill would provide that an individual who completes an apprenticeship may be granted an occupational license in that trade if the individual also meets other requirements, including completion of any required examination with a passing score, and provides that if a licensing authority requires an examination for a license, the authority may not impose higher testing standards upon that individual than it does for any other applicant. This bill also provides incentives for employers to hire in-school youth apprentices by allowing children from 14 years of age through 17 years of age to participate in apprenticeship programs certified by the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship.
- HB581 (Sells) EIRP - This bill would establish an Employees' Investment Retirement Plan (EIRP) for certain members of the Teachers' Retirement System and the Employees' Retirement System of the Retirement Systems of Alabama and would further provide options for Tier I and Tier II members to participate in EIRP.
- HB592 (Stadhagen) - Under existing law, a parent or guardian of a child in a public or private K-12 school is required to immunize that child for participation in school. Religious exemptions from this requirement are allowed. This bill would remove the religious exemption for immunization of children in schools.
Monday watch your email for a CLAS Action Alert on HB77 (Baker) Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act. We would like everyone to participate and help the voice of educators be heard loud and clear. All the information you need will be included in the alert.
Another three-day week is expected. The House has posted its Special-Order Calendar for Tuesday, May 13 and two bills we are tracking are listed:
- HB32 (Boyd) Kyle Graddy Act – Allows the administration of single dose autoinjectable epinephrine on K-12 school campuses by students
- HB462 (Easterbrook) High School Career Technical Facilities - Public high school career technical programs, local boards of education authorized to use any available facilities board determines better suited than existing facilities, notwithstanding State Building Code or other building codes.
Many education bills are on committee agendas Wednesday, May 15:
- Economic Development & Tourism at 1:30
- SB220 (Albritton) Alabama Lottery - Estimated to raise $167 million for Alabama. This lottery will only include participation in multi-state lottery games that are played with paper tickets, eliminates all electronic games, and would make illegal pari-mutuel wagering (dog and horse tracks) that are currently operating in the state.
- Senate F&TE at 10:00am
- SB288 (Smitherman) Retirees one-time lump sum payment - provide for a funded $800 one-time lump sum addition to the retirement benefits of certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Teachers’ Retirement System.
- Senate Education Policy at 1:00
- HB159 (Lee) Bathroom Bill – The bill would reduce the required number of restroom fixtures at public high school sports stadiums for each sex based on seating occupancy.
- HB216 (Faulkner) Computer Science – The bill would phase in the requirement that each public school in the state offer courses in computer science; provide funding for evidence-based, authentic computer science professional learning for K-12 computer science teachers; provide for a designated state computer science specialist at the State Department of Education; provide secondary and post-secondary graduation credit and admissions pathways in computer science for students; establish multiple computer science certification pathways for public school teachers.
- HB506 (Estes) Emergency Certificate Extended - Allows emergency certificate to be extended to two years. Passed on a vote of 100-0.
- SB397 (Marsh) State Board of Education
- SB398 (Marsh) This bill would require the Governor to consult with the membership of all minority caucuses of the Legislature when appointing minority members to the Alabama Commission on Elementary and Secondary Education.
Convene Report: The House will convene for the 19th legislative day on Tuesday, May 14 at 1:00, and the Senate at 4:00 p.m.