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Legislative Update - Week 2

Special Session has adjourned Sine Die and Governor Ivey signed Rebuild Alabama Act into law. The following bills were signed into law: 

  • HB1 by Representative Poole – provides technical correction concerning the duties of the Permanent Joint Transportation Committee regarding the Alabama Department of Transportation’s long-range plan, long-range plan clarified, clarification of the Alabama Department of Transportation's duties and information requirements to the committee relating to the long-range plan.

  • HB2 by Rep. Poole - Rebuild Alabama Act-  10 cent-per-gallon increase on gas and diesel tax phased in over 3 years: six cents effective October 1, 2019; two cents in October 1, 2020; and two cents effective October 1, 2021. Additional licensing tax and registration fee of $200 on electric vehicles and $100 plug-in hybrid electric automobiles.  Distribution of proceeds for state (66.67%), county (25%), municipal (8.33%). Provides the State Port Authority transportation purposes, floor stock tax provided, bond of motor fuel terminal operators increased, taxes increased based on changes in National Highway Construction Cost Index, portion to finance improvements to ship channel related to Alabama State Docks, ATRIP-II Committee established., authorized to enter agreements for debt financing.

  • HB3 by Rep. Poole - Alabama Highway Finance Corporation authorized to borrow money and issue bonds to improve the Mobile Ship Channel.


Next Week

As the Regular Session is resumed be ready for budget discussions and watch for a lottery bill to be filed.

  • Budget – The Governor has until the second day of the Regular Session to send her proposed budget to the legislature. Tuesday, March 19 will be second day. Due to the Special Session it will be a late budget year. Do not be surprised if budgets pass on the last day of the Regular Session which will be around June 14.

    Gov. Kay Ivey is proposing a redistribution of some tax revenue — including more than $30 million from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund. For the last 10 years the state has redirected as much as $63 million a year from the road and bridge fund to help pay for public safety (ALEA) and the courts (Alabama Judicial System). Ivey’s budget will propose fully funding the General Fund allocations to ALEA and the Alabama Judicial System, in order to do that, she proposes transferring the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the ETF.

    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 transferred to the General Fund or allow General Fund programs to be placed in the ETF. 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 2010, Congress passed legislation changing the CHIP program from an 80 percent federal: 20 percent state program to one hundred percent federally funded. 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 budgets.

Tuesday, CLAS will host our first Hill Day for the 2019 Regular Session. Our guest speakers will be Representative Alan Baker and Senator Donnie Chesteen. We look forward to a day of advocating for public education. There is still space available if you would like to attend Hill Day. Click here to sign up.

Bills in Committee:

  • HB32 by Rep. Boyd will be in the House Health Committee on Wednesday. HB32 allows the administration of autoinjectable epinephrine on K-12 school campuses by students. If the bill were passed it would be named the Kyle Graddy Act.

  • SB5 by Sen. Allen will be in the Senate Governmental Affiars Committee on Wednesday. This bill adds meaning of certified athlete agent as someone who is certified to be an athlete agent in a particular sport by a national association that promotes or regulates intercollegiate athletics and establishes eligibility standards for participation by a student athlete in that sport; Allows certified athlete agent to pay expenses incurred before the signing of an agency contract by a student athlete, a family member of the student athlete, and an individual of a class of individuals authorized to receive the expenses by the national association that certified the agent if the expenses are:

    • for the benefit of an athlete who is a member of a team authorized to receive a benefit by the national association.

    • of a type authorized to be paid by a certified agent by the national association

    • for a purpose authorized by the national association that certified the agent.

     

Bills added to CLAS Tracking:

  • HB108 by Rep. Baker – This bill would establish the Alabama Industry Recognized and Registered Apprenticeship Program Act. It creates the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship to certify registered and industry-recognized apprenticeship programs in the state in lieu of the federal office of apprenticeship that currently administers state registered apprenticeship programs. This bill would increase apprenticeship tax credit from $1,000 to $1,250; increase aggregate apprenticeship tax credit from $3 million to $7.5 million; provide $500 per capita incentive tax credit for hiring in school youth apprentice; and extend the apprenticeship tax credit through 2025.

  • HB132 by Rep. Hill – The Juvenile Justice Bill would implement recommendation of the Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force from 2018 and would substantially revise provisions relating to juvenile justice system; would expand early intervention prior to court involvement; would require development of a statewide detention risk assessment tool for pre-adjudication detention decisions and would establish standards for informal adjustments for certain youth; would provide for video detention hearings under certain conditions; would remove assessment of fines or court costs against children under certain conditions while maintaining the ability to assess them against the parents of those children; would provide risk and needs assessment tools to aid courts in determining when placement in the Department of Youth Services is necessary; would require local boards of education to inform parents of services available relating to absenteeism and other school-related misconduct and would require the Alabama Department of Education to require each local board of education to annually develop, approve, and submit multi-disciplinary agreements in collaboration with community stakeholders relating to appropriate responses to school-based offenses, court referrals, and accountability; creates the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Fund; create the Juvenile Justice Fund Oversight committee; required Administrative Office of Court DYS to develop, adopt, and validate a risk and needs assessment to identify a child’s risk to reoffend; provides courts discretion as to whether or not a child should be subject to registration or notification as a sex offender under certain conditions.

  • HB133 by Rep. Hill – this bill requires all state taxes or fees that are not distributed to the Education Trust Fund or State General Fund or constitutionally distributed to a specific fund or for a specific purpose to be deposited into the State General Fund.

View all Bills CLAS is Tracking

Convene Report – The House and Senate will convene Tuesday, March 19 at 3:00pm.