Bills of Interest

We track bills related to our members’ issue priorities during each session of the Alabama Legislature. Use our helpful search tool to check the status of legislation that would have a significant effect – for good or bad – on the everyday lives of Alabamians living in or near poverty.

Click to access Bills of Interest archives for session years earlier than 2018.

  • Session

  • Issue

  • Position

  • Status

Bill Title
Description
Issue
Arise Position
Status
Bill Title
HB10 (Williams, J.D.)
Description
Creates a Public Transportation Trust Fund: HB10 is no longer moving; SB85 was enacted as Act 2018-161.
Issue
Public Transportation
Arise Position
For
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB110 (Scott)
Description
Allows participants in the Simplified Sellers Use Tax Program to remain in the program even if they acquire an affiliate required to collect sales taxes. HB110 and SB307 are no longer moving. HB470 was enacted as Act 2018-539.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB155 (Clouse)
Description
Supplemental appropriation to Corrections for mental health treatment for prisoners: HB155 is no longer moving; SB175 was enacted as Act 2018-262.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Budget bills
Arise Position
For
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB156 (Clouse)
Description
FY 2019 General Fund budget: HB156 is no longer moving; SB178 was enacted as Act 2018-354.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Budget bills
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB165 (Hall)
Description
Establishes an Equal Pay Commission to study pay disparities between people of different races and sexes.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB175 (Poole)
Description
FY 2019 Education Trust Fund budget: HB175 was enacted as Act 2018-481.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Budget bills
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB179 (Poole)
Description
Supplemental appropriations from the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund: Enacted as Act 2018-502.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Budget bills
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB221 (Warren)
Description
FY 2019 Children’s First Trust Fund budget: HB221 is no longer moving; SB177 was enacted as Act 2018-264.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Budget bills
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB225 (Hill)
Description
Revises the juvenile justice system.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB233 (Coleman)
Description
Imposes a three-year death penalty moratorium.
Issue
Death Penalty Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB234 (Coleman)
Description
Allows a reduction in jail time for parole violations.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB238 (Knight)
Description
Ends the state sales tax on groceries.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB251 (Johnson, K.)
Description
Allows a state income tax deduction for contributions to 529 education savings plans for K-12 private school tuition: HB251, after significant changes that removed Arise’s objections by deleting the proposed state tax break for private school tuition, was enacted as Act 2018-280; SB189 is no longer moving.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB257 (Givan)
Description
Ban-the-box legislation to prohibit the state and localities from inquiring about criminal convictions on job applications.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB262 (Ingram)
Description
Increases the income levels at which people can claim the maximum standard deduction on state income taxes: HB262 is no longer moving; SB76 was enacted as Act 2018-232.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB273 (Todd)
Description
Increases the mortgage filing fee to provide funding for the Housing Trust Fund: HB273 died in the House Ways & Means General Fund Committee; SB242 died in the Senate Finance & Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Housing Trust Fund Revenue
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB287 (Mooney)
Description
Reforms civil forfeiture of property for people charged with crimes: HB287 died in the House Judiciary Committee; SB213 passed the Senate but was never received by the House.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB292 (Poole)
Description
Constitutional amendment to create biannual legislative sessions for consideration of budgets.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB293 (Poole)
Description
Creates procedures for a biannual budget process.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB295 (Poole)
Description
Implements biannual budget periods.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB314 (Mooney)
Description
Imposes restrictions on receipt of SNAP and TANF assistance.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB321 (Clouse)
Description
Nursing home provider tax for Medicaid: Enacted as Act 2018-542.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB322 (Clouse)
Description
Hospital provider tax for Medicaid: Enacted as Act 2018-543.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB331 (Mooney)
Description
Imposes work requirements on certain Medicaid beneficiaries and increases Medicaid eligibility verification: HB331 died in the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB338 (England)
Description
Allows mayors to waive court costs and municipal judges to remit court costs upon a showing of indigency.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB367 (Hall)
Description
Repeals civil forfeiture of certain property and ends civil forfeiture in controlled substance cases.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB368 (Clarke)
Description
Bars wage discrimination based on a person’s sex.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB369 (Hanes)
Description
Imposes work requirements on TANF recipients and requires drug testing of TANF recipients in certain cases.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB390 (Hanes)
Description
Imposes drug testing on some SNAP applicants.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB397 (England)
Description
Allows municipalities to issue summons and complaints instead of making arrests.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB412 (Mooney)
Description
Requires cooperation with child support enforcement as a condition of SNAP eligibility.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB421 (Sessions)
Description
Reduces the number of curable lease breaches under the Landlord-Tenant Act. Enacted as Act 2018-473: After Arise advocacy, the House amended the bill to remove language that would have given renters just three days to correct lease violations and would have cut the notice period for lease termination from seven days to three days.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Against
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB443 (Shedd)
Description
Allows nurse practitioners to practice without collaborating with a doctor.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB446 (Shedd)
Description
Creates the Alabama Rural Hospital Resource Center at UAB: HB446 is no longer moving; SB351 was enacted as Act 2018-394.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB450 (Standridge)
Description
Creates the Rural Hospital Global Budget Board to fund participating hospitals through global payments from certain insurers and communities.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB470 (Scott)
Description
Allows participants in the Simplified Sellers Use Tax Program to remain in the program even if they acquire an affiliate required to collect sales taxes: HB470 was enacted as Act 2018-539.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB475 (Mooney)
Description
Repeals the provision of Medicaid services through regional care organizations.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB518 (Mooney)
Description
Creates a civil forfeiture database and reports.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB524 (Daniels)
Description
Constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB6 (Hanes)
Description
Prohibits DHR from seeking a federal waiver of SNAP work requirements.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB76 (Warren)
Description
Expands licensure and oversight requirements for childcare and preschool facilities: Enacted as Act 2018-278.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
For
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB87 (McClammy)
Description
Allows for installment payments of court-ordered fees and fines
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB103 (Sanders)
Description
Imposes a three-year death penalty moratorium.
Issue
Death Penalty Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB104 (Sanders)
Description
Repeals the death penalty.
Issue
Death Penalty Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB106 (Sanders)
Description
Retroactively applies the ban on judicial override in death penalty cases to cases decided before 2017.
Issue
Death Penalty Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB118 (Sanders)
Description
Establishes procedures to determine if a capital defendant is ineligible for the death penalty due to an intellectual disability.
Issue
Death Penalty Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB119 (Sanders)
Description
Prohibits the death penalty for offenders who were under age 18 at the time of the crime.
Issue
Death Penalty Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB131 (Pittman)
Description
Un-earmarks $70.1 million in revenue set aside for DHR and Mental Health and moves it to the General Fund.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Other
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB132 (Pittman)
Description
Constitutional amendment to re-establish the ETF Rainy Day Account and create a General Fund Rainy Day Account within the Alabama Trust Fund.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB138 (Orr)
Description
Increases the term for payday loans to 30 days.
Issue
Payday/Title Lending Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB139 (Orr)
Description
Imposes restrictions on receipt of SNAP and TANF assistance.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB140 (Orr)
Description
Imposes work requirements on certain Medicaid beneficiaries and increases Medicaid eligibility verification: SB140 died on the Senate calendar.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB148 (Ward)
Description
Revises the juvenile justice system.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB154 (Melson)
Description
Allows municipalities to issue summons and complaints instead of making arrests.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB165 (Orr)
Description
FY 2019 Education Trust Fund budget: SB165 is no longer moving; HB175 was enacted as Act 2018-481.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Budget bills
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
SB166 (Sanders)
Description
Prohibits incarceration for nonpayment of fines without an indigency determination and makes many other revisions related to state and local criminal fees and fines.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB167 (Sanders)
Description
Prohibits driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay fees and fines.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB175 (Pittman)
Description
Supplemental appropriation to Corrections for mental health treatment for prisoners.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Budget bills
Arise Position
For
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB177 (Pittman)
Description
FY 2019 Children’s First Trust Fund budget: SB177 was enacted as Act 2018-264.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Budget bills
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB178 (Pittman)
Description
FY 2019 General Fund budget: SB178 was enacted as Act 2018-354.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Budget bills
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB187 (Hightower)
Description
Constitutional amendment to sunset new tax credits in seven years.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB189 (Brewbaker)
Description
Allows a state income tax deduction for contributions to 529 education savings plans for K-12 private school tuition: HB251, after significant changes that removed Arise’s objections by deleting the proposed state tax break for private school tuition, was enacted as Act 2018-280; SB189 is no longer moving.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Against
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
SB198 (Singleton)
Description
Ban-the-box legislation to prohibit the state and localities from inquiring about criminal convictions on job applications.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB213 (Orr)
Description
Reforms civil forfeiture of property for people charged with crimes: HB287 died in the House Judiciary Committee; SB213 passed the Senate but was never received by the House.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
SB242 (Coleman-Madison)
Description
Increases the mortgage filing fee to provide funding for the Housing Trust Fund: HB273 died in the House Ways & Means General Fund Committee; SB242 died in the Senate Finance & Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Housing Trust Fund Revenue
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB276 (Coleman-Madison)
Description
Prohibits automobile registration renewal for owners with an unpaid parking ticket.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB292 (Hightower)
Description
Constitutional amendment to un-earmark all revenues and to move postsecondary education into the General Fund budget.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB303 (Hightower)
Description
Constitutional amendment to create an automatic trigger for corporate income tax reductions.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Against
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB307 (Pittman)
Description
Allows participants in the Simplified Sellers Use Tax Program to remain in the program even if they acquire an affiliate required to collect sales taxes: HB110 and SB307 are no longer moving; HB470 was enacted as Act 2018-539.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
SB31 (Albritton)
Description
Requires municipal court judges to release defendants without cash bond in most circumstances.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB331 (Melson)
Description
Creates the Rural Hospital Global Budget Board to fund participating hospitals through global payments from certain insurers and communities.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB34 (Ward)
Description
Allows mayors to waive court costs and municipal judges to remit court costs upon a showing of indigency.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB345 (Chambliss)
Description
Limits annual General Fund (GF) appropriations to the amount of recurring revenues collected in the previous 12 months, creates GF reserve and capital funds for revenues exceeding that amount, and limits non-education earmarks.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Other
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB351 (Reed)
Description
Creates the Alabama Rural Hospital Resource Center at UAB: SB351 was enacted as Act 2018-394.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB353 (Figures)
Description
Constitutional amendment to increase property taxes by 5 mil earmarked for Medicaid. Died in the Senate Finance & Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB362 (Sanford)
Description
Repeals the provision of Medicaid services through regional care organizations.
Issue
Adequate state budgets, Health care
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB375 (Hightower)
Description
Constitutional amendment to create a flat individual income tax rate of 4.2 percent with specified deductions and credits.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB390 (Sanders)
Description
Removes the state sales tax on groceries and over-the-counter drugs and limits the income tax deduction for federal taxes.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB41 (Ward)
Description
Allows municipalities to issue summons and complaints instead of making arrests.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB55 (Chambliss)
Description
Allows issuance of hardship driver’s licenses with limited driving privileges for certain Alabamians with suspended or revoked licenses: Enacted as Act 2018-289.
Issue
Criminal Justice Debt Reform
Arise Position
For
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB76 (Marsh)
Description
Increases the income levels at which people can claim the maximum standard deduction on state income taxes:  SB76 was enacted as Act 2018-232.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Abstain
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB85 (Smitherman)
Description
Creates a Public Transportation Trust Fund: SB85 was enacted as Act 2018-161.
Issue
Public Transportation
Arise Position
For
Status
Enacted