Only four, yes I said four, days remain in the 2019 Legislative Session. By law, the legislature meets for 30 legislative days, but leadership has decided to leave two-three days on the table this session; meaning next week, the legislature will work Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and maybe Friday. Should the budgets and other must-pass bills be sent to the governor by then, there would be no reason to stick around longer. The legislature will likely be coming back in the fall for a special session to address prisons.
On another note we are really seeing some bills move:
Bills Sent to the Governor for her signature:
- HB21 (Baker) PLOP Bill passed the Senate 30-0 on Thursday. Remember this is the Partial Lump Sum Option Plan, which provides a fifth option at retirement; allows a member to take up to 2 years of his or her benefit in a one-time partial lump sum distribution in exchange for a reduced lifetime monthly distribution. The bill has no cost to the state. If signed, which should be, will become available to all members who have a retirement date on or after October 1, 2019.
- HB400 (Shedd) A bill to allow electric utility companies to offer high-speed internet to rural communities by way of their existing power networks cleared the Alabama Legislature Wednesday and now goes to the governor for her signature.
Supporters say House Bill 400 will alleviate the cost of running new fiber lines to rural areas by allowing utilities like Alabama Power, the Tennessee Valley Authority and regional electric cooperatives to piggyback their existing networks with high-speed cable lines.