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Coming Up This Week In The Alabama Legislature

On the Senate side… In Committee: SB196–Sen. Paul Bussman’s Shared Parenting bill:  Changes the custodial presumption in child custody cases from 80%/20% to 50%/50% HB58–Rep. Mike Ball’s Ethics Disclosure Requirements:  Requires public officials/candidates and spouses of public officials/candidates to disclose if they are employed by the state or federal government or have a contract with […]

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Why Internet Sales Tax Won’t Work

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article on the move by some states to tax internet sales.  Conclusion:  Taxing internet sales doesn’t work.  In fact, it drives business out of the state. Governor Pat Quinn recently added to his reputation as America’s most taxing politician by signing a law applying the state’s 6.25% sales […]

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Abortion Bills Get Out Of Committee

The Senate Health Committee voted to pass the following legislation out of committee: SB301–Recognizing “life” as beginning at the point of fertilization SB308–Requiring a doctor to show ultrasound pictures to a pregnant woman before performing an abortion.  Called the Right to Know and See Act SB298–Requiring a doctor to examine a woman both before and […]

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Alabama House Passes EF Agenda Items

Yesterday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed two important items on Eagle Form’s legislative agenda.  The first was a tough, Arizona-style immigration law by a vote of 73-28.  Among other things, Rep. Micky Hammon’s HB56 will give state and local police the power to check the immigration status of people who are held for other violations […]

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The Week Ahead

Committee Activity: Senate: SB34–Amends the Alabama Code to provide child includes children in utero.  A positive drug test at time of birth shall create the presumption of exposure in utero. SB167–Prohibiting lawsuits against restaurants for obesity SB 301–Defines “person” to include all humans from the moment of fertilization SB308–Right to Know and See legislation requiring […]

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Legislative Week in Review

The Alabama Legislature had another busy week.  The Alabama House passed several sunset bills along with the following: Rep. Paul DeMarco’s HB25 Fiscal Transparency Legislation requiring the State Finance Department to produce monthly financial reports for the General Fund and the Education Trust Fund, and to publish them in a prominent place on the department’s website. This […]

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AL Legislature Moving Quickly On Key Reforms

Since gaveling into session on March 1, 2011, the new GOP-controlled Alabama legislature has acted swiftly to get much-needed reform measures passed. The first and one of the most important of these was Rep. Greg Canfield’s Rolling Reserve Budget Act. Changing the way we budget the Education Trust Fund, Canfield’s bill will prevent proration in […]

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Coming Up This Week In The Alabama Legislature

On the House side:  The House is set to re-vote on the Obamacare Opt Out legislation.  Several Republicans were absent last Thursday, and it did not pass.  I’m told they have the votes to get it through this week. On the Senate side:  The Senate may take up Sen. Beason’s immigration reform legislation in committee […]

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Legislative Week In Review

Another busy week for the Alabama Legislature.  This week, the House passed the following: HB61 (Rep. April Weaver) Small Business Healthcare Tax Incentives Bill:  This legislation allows qualifying employees to deduct from Alabama gross income 100% of the amounts they pay as health insurance premiums as part of an employer provided health insurance plan provided […]

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Obamacare Opt Out Fails In Alabama House

The Alabama House of Representatives took up legislation this afternoon that would have preserved the freedom of Alabama citizens to make decisions about and provide for their own health care regardless of federal mandates. Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Galliher, HB60 failed by a vote of 59-28. 8 Republicans voted “P”.  P indicates that they did […]

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