Bills that Passed the House:
- HB32 (Boyd) Kyle Graddy Act – Allows the administration of single dose autoinjectable epinephrine on K-12 school campuses by students. Passed the House and referred to the Senate Education Policy committee.
- HB209 (Pettus) School Resource Officers - This bill would provide that if a local board of education hires a retired law enforcement officer to serve as school security personnel, the board may authorize the retired law enforcement officer to carry a firearm on duty if he or she meets the following requirements: (1) is retired in good standing from a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency with at least 20 years of law enforcement experience; (2) has successfully completed active shooter training approved by the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency; (3) annually completes and passes the firearm re-qualification required of law enforcement officers by the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission; and (4) is trained in the appropriate use of a non-lethal weapon and while on duty carries that weapon. Amendments were added to allow for retired law enforcement workers to be hired and that all law enforcement officers would complete specialized training to work with youth. The bill passed the House and referred to the Senate Education Policy committee.
- HB388 (Collins) Alabama Literacy Act – The bill was substituted on the House floor Wednesday and passed. This bill would implement steps to improve the reading proficiency of public school kindergarten to third grade students and ensure that every student completing the third grade is able to read at or above grade level. According to the fiscal note, the State Department of Education estimates that the provisions of the bill would cost approximately $90 million annually to implement. Click here to read the entire fiscal note.
- HB462 (Easterbrook) Public High School Career Tech Facilities - 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. Passed House and referred to the Senate committee on Education Policy.
Bills that Passed the Senate:
- SB397 (Marsh) Board Governance - Passed the Senate Thursday with a 30-0 vote. The bill would replace the current elected State Board of Education with the Alabama Commission on Elementary and Secondary Education, members of which will be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate; would abolish the State Superintendent position and replace it with a Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, appointed by the commission and subject to confirmation by the Senate. As a constitutional amendment, SB 397 (if passed by the Alabama legislature) would need to be approved by the people of the state in a referendum. This would occur on the March 2020 primary election date.
- SB398 (Marsh) Governor consult with Minority Caucuses passed the Senate Wednesday. Both SB397 and SB398 move the House Ways & Means Education committee. Governor Ivey supports both pieces of legislation, see her statement released yesterday here.
Bills Introduced and Added to Tracking:
- HB616 (Reed) Allow Elective Bible Courses – The bill allows grades 6-12 to have elective courses on the study of the bible and provides immunity for teachers who teach in good faith with proper historical context.
- HB621 (Pringle) – Exempt Sales Tax from Food – The bill would exempt sales of food from the sales and use taxes beginning September 1, 2020.
- SB411 (Reed) Advertising on School Buses – The bill would allow local boards of education to see advertising space on school buses. The advertising may not do any of the following:
- Interfere with the effectiveness of any required reflective materials or warning equipment.
- Be located above or on the windows of the school bus.
- Be located behind the front wheel to the front of the back wheel.
- Be located behind the back wheel to the end of the bus.
Again, the legislators are scheduled for a busy, long three-day work week, with significant legislation being discussed in the House and Senate. CLAS is informed of the following:
- Tuesday, we expect to see the ETF Budget in the House Ways & Means Education Committee, with a vote on Wednesday, and on the floor by Thursday.
- SB220 (Albritton) Alabama Lottery is first bill on House Special Order Calendar Tuesday.
- HB152 (Clouse) General Fund Budget could be debated on the Senate floor sometime next week. Note: The General Fund came out of Senate F&TE committee with half of the CHIPs funding ($17.5 million) in the budget.
Convene Report: The House will convene for the 22nd legislative day on Tuesday, May 21 at 1:00 and the Senate at 3:30 the same day.