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The Alabama Legislature has completed 9 legislative days and introduced 428 bills in the House and 277 bills in the Senate.

Tuesday the House approved a $2.1 billion General Fund budget with a two percent pay raise for state employees 103 to 0. Now it goes to the Senate. The Education Trust Fund starts in the Senate this year, it will likely be in committee the week of April 22.

TAKE ACTION – Gov. Ivey’s budget proposed diverting $35 million education dollars to pay for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which is historically funded in the General Fund. Alabama has a history of plugging General Fund deficits with ETF dollars, instead of working on a long-term solution. We must not allow education dollars to be diverted to non-educational programs. ETF dollars should go to fund Alabama schools. Every dollar in the ETF matters and we must protect the ETF because a one-time raid is never one-time, it will occur over and over again.

In fact, on January 22, 2018, Congress renewed CHIP for another six years; but when they did, they reverted to the previous 80:20 split, passing a fifth of the costs on to state budget and those costs will continue to grow in the future. $35 million will triple in the coming years.

We need you to contact the Alabama Senate Finance & Taxation Education Committee members and tell them to “Keep $35 million CHIP funding OUT of the ETF Budget.” Make your voice heard and help prevent ETF money from being diverted.

Click here for list of F&TE Committee Members

HB77 (Baker) – Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act – This bill was in the House Ways & Means Education Committee meeting on Wednesday. The bill was carried over to allow committee members more time to review new information that was provided to them early on Wednesday. The bill will be on the committee agenda next Wednesday.

Bills Introduced and Added to Tracking:

  • HB385 (Robertson) -School Safety Plan Terminology Updated – This bill is to update the current “School Safety Plan” law that was passed several years ago but does not change the law. This bill will simply clarify language and update the law with newer terminology to help better communicate the security status of a school during an unusual or emergency situation. HB385 will replace the term “School Safety Plan” with the term “Emergency Operations Plan.” Each school is already required to have a “School Safety Plan.” Replaces the current term “Code Red Drills” with “Lockdown” plan/drills. Also, will add requirements for all schools to begin to standardize and use the Security Threat Level Terms approved by the State Superintendent last summer (Memo on June 27, 2018). The terms were created by the Department of Education’s Safe School Task Force. Many schools have already received training referencing these terms and how to use them and many school districts are already using them as part of their Emergency Operation Plans.
  • HB387 (McMillian) - Appointed Superintendents – require all county superintendents to be appointed by the county board of education and provides transition to the appointed office.
  • HB388 (Collins) - Alabama Literacy Act - Implements steps to improve the reading proficiency of public school kindergarten to third grade students and ensure that those students are able to read at or above grade level by the end of third grade by monitoring the progression of each students from one grade to another, in part, by his or her proficiency in reading. The bill is assigned to House Education Policy Committee.
  • HB418 (Scott) - Simplified sellers use tax -to provide for the repeal of affiliated nexus, and to provide for an adjustment to the simplified sellers use tax rate.
  • HB423 (Warren) - Mandatory Kindergarten - Require a child to successfully complete a kindergarten program before being admitted to first grade; to change the date for determining the age of a child entitled to admission to public school kindergarten from September 1 to December 31.
  • SB255 (Melson) – SRO Qualifications – This bill further provides for the qualifications of school resource officers. The bill assigned to Senate Education Policy Committee.
  • SB258 (Livingston) – Pledge of Allegiance – This is the Senate companion bill to HB339 which requires the pledge of allegiance be conducted at the beginning of each school day. The bill is referred to Senate Education Policy Committee.
  • SB263 (Orr) – Alabama Literacy Act – Implements steps to improve the reading proficiency of public school kindergarten to third grade students and ensure that those students are able to read at or above grade level by the end of third grade by monitoring the progression of each students from one grade to another, in part, by his or her proficiency in reading. The bill is assigned to Senate Education Policy Committee.

Committee Meetings

  • HB209 (Pettus) – SRO Qualifications – received a favorable report from House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, the bill now moves to the full House.
  • HB183 (Scott) – SSUT – which would provide for update to the amnesty and class action provisions for eligible sellers and clarify transactions for which simplified sellers use tax cannot be collected and remitted. The bill received a favorable report from the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee, the bill now moves to the full House.
  • HB150 (Garrett) – SBE Term Limits – Would limit the service of State Board of Education members to two four-year terms. A member who is serving, or has served, a first or second term of office may serve for one additional term of office on the board. A member who is serving, or has served, a third or subsequent term on the board may not serve for an additional term of office on the board. The bill received a favorable report from the House Education Policy Committee.
  • HB339 (Ledbetter) – Pledge of Allegiance- Would require the pledge of allegiance be conducted at the beginning of each school day. The bill received a favorable report from the House Education Policy Committee.
  • SB222 (Butler) – Appointed Superintendents- The bill transitions the remaining 37 local county superintendents to appointed positions. The bill passed the House Education Policy committee by a 9-4 vote. The bill moves to the House for final consideration.
  • HB159 (Lee) – Bathroom Fixtures – The bill would reduce the required number of restroom fixtures at public high school sports stadiums for each sex based on seating occupancy. The bill received a favorable report from House State Government Committee and now moves to the full House.

No bills we are tracking passed the House or Senate this week.

Next Week:

The House has published its Special-Order Calendar for Tuesday, April 16, and two bills we are tracking will be on the floor for a vote.

  • HB339 (Ledbetter) – Pledge of Allegiance- Would require the pledge of allegiance be conducted at the beginning of each school day. The bill received a favorable report from the House Education Policy Committee.
  • HB183 (Scott) – SSUT – Would provide for update to the amnesty and class action provisions for eligible sellers and clarify transactions for which simplified sellers use tax cannot be collected and remitted.

Convene Report - The House will convene Tuesday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m. and the Senate at 3:00 p.m. the same day.

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