The Alabama legislature gaveled in at 12 noon on March 1, 2011 with a Republican-controlled House and Senate. It was a very busy week that followed as the GOP is moving legislation quickly through committee. Here are some of the key pieces of legislation that came out of committee this week:
HB57–Rep. Greg Canfield’s Rolling Reserve Budget Act will change the budgeting process for the Education Trust Fund to cap spending at a 15-year rolling average.
HB59–Rep. Barry Mask’s legislation to eliminate the state’s Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP)
HB64–Rep. Kurt Wallace’s constitutional amendment that protects the right to a secret ballot in employee representation.
HB61–Rep. April Weaver’s bill to allow businesses to deduct 200% of the amount they pay in health insurance premiums on their state income tax.