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.

Last updated March 13, 2019.

  • Session

  • Issue

  • Position

  • Status

Bill Title
Description
Issue
Arise Position
Status
Bill Title
HB132 (Hill)
Description
Revises juvenile justice laws. In the House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB133 (Hill)
Description
Unearmarks certain tax revenues and deposits them in the General Fund. In the House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB14 (Hanes)
Description
Requires participants in SNAP, TANF and other safety net programs to take part in a community service program and requires drug testing of some TANF participants. In the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB3 (Hanes)
Description
Requires drug testing of some SNAP participants. In the House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB35 (Johnson)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by allowing pharmacists and physicians to enter into collaborative practice agreements. In the House Health Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB37 (Stadthagen)
Description
Allows state agencies to unearmark revenue in some circumstances. In the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB42 (England)
Description
Allows cities and counties to reduce or eliminate their sales tax on groceries. In the House County and Municipal Government Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB44 (Weaver)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by allowing the Nursing Board to enter a multi-state licensure agreement. (Companion bill is SB38.) In the House Health Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB45 (Weaver)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by expanding eligibility for an education loan repayment program for certain advanced practice nurses in underserved areas. (Companion bill is SB37.) In the House Health Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB59 (Sells)
Description
Further expands the list of capital offenses. In the House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB9 (Hanes)
Description
Prohibits waivers of time limits or work requirements for some SNAP participants during times of high unemployment. In the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
SB16 (Ward)
Description
Prohibits driver's license suspensions for indigent drivers who fail to pay fines, fees or court costs for certain traffic offenses. In the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB28 (Ward)
Description
Allows municipal court judges to set aside municipal court costs for indigent people convicted of certain offenses. In the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB30 (Ward)
Description
Allows waiver of court costs and fees in civil cases upon a finding of substantial financial hardship. In the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB37 (Reed)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by expanding eligibility for an education loan repayment program for certain advanced practice nurses in underserved areas. (Companion bill is HB45.) In the Senate Healthcare Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB38 (Reed)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by allowing the Nursing Board to enter a multi-state licensure agreement. (Companion bill is HB44.) In the Senate Healthcare Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB75 (Orr)
Description
Requires a repayment period of at least 30 days for payday loans. In the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.
Issue
Payday/title lending reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
Special session -- HB2 (Poole)
Description
Increases the state gas tax by 10 cents per gallon to fund improvements to roads, bridges and the state port. Enacted as Act 2019-2.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted