We’re entering the third week of the legislative session, and it looks to be a quiet week. The House will take up the texting while driving ban aka “TTYL” bill (HB2) sponsored by Rep. Jim McClendon, Rep. Mac McCutcheon’s legislation adding utility trucks and wreckers to the list of vehicles for which drivers are required to slow down and move into a vacant lane for when parked on the side of the road (HB76), and Rep. Allen Farley’s bill to crack down on synthetic drugs known as “spice” or “salts” (HB158). Depending on how fast things move, the House may also get to Rep. Jay Love’s bill to reward teachers who complete the national board certification process (HB251).
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 increased transparency will allow government agencies and the public to monitor the condition of the state’s budgets, making it easier to prepare for budget cuts, should they become necessary.
Rep. Wes Long’s HB8 which amends the definition of “child” to include the unborn. It also creates a rebuttable presumption of exposing a child in utero to a controlled substance if both the mother and the child test positive for the same controlled substance not prescribed by a physician.
Rep. Jim McClendon’s HB102 ban on texting while driving.
Next week, the House will consider teacher tenure and the education budget.
The Alabama Senate saw a lot of action this week as well. They had a few lively committee hearings on legislation:
SB140 Sen. Scott Beason’s reauthorization of the Forever Wild program
SB256 Sen. Scott Beason’s immigration reform legislation
SB236 Sen. Arthur Orr’s legislation to authorize furloughs for state employees
Next week, the Senate Health Committee will meet to consider several pieces of pro-life legislation.