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 by a qualifying employer.
HB19 (Rep. Kerry Rich) Voter ID: Amends the Alabama Constitution to require voters to provide a valid photo ID in order to vote.
HB62 (Rep. Mike Jones) Ethics Commission Funding: Annual appropriation to fund the Alabama Ethics Commission.
HB58 (Rep. Mike Ball) Ethics Disclosure: This legislation 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 the state or federal government.
Obamacare Opt Out: The House attempted to pass a constitutional amendment (HB60) to preserve the freedom of Alabama citizens to make decisions about and provide for their own healthcare regardless of federal mandates. Several Republican legislators were not present for the vote, and it failed.* You can find out how your legislator voted here. The House is expected to revote on this legislation next week.
*Rep. Owen Drake is in the hospital and could not be present for the vote.
Over in the Senate:
DROP legislation was amended and passed. SB 72 (Sen. Del Marsh) DROP: Governor Bentley amended the DROP Bill to comply with the 90 day notice requirement and avoid legal challenges. Both the House and Senate concurred with the amendment and it is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.