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.

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Last updated June 13, 2019.

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  • Issue

  • Position

  • Status

Bill Title
Description
Issue
Arise Position
Status
Bill Title
HB125 (Allen)
Description
Provides that debts subject to tax refund seizures include amounts that third parties collect on behalf of government agencies. (Companion bill is SB123.) No longer moving after SB123 was enacted as Act 2019-184.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB132 (Hill)
Description
Revises juvenile justice laws. (Companion bills are SB125 and SB155.) Died on the House calendar.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB133 (Hill)
Description
Unearmarks certain tax revenues and deposits them in the General Fund. Died in the House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Died
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. Died in the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB141 (Poole)
Description
FY 2020 Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget. (Companion bill is SB199.) No longer moving after SB199 was enacted as Act 2019-403.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB142 (Poole)
Description
Teacher pay raise. (Companion bill is SB192.) No longer moving after SB192 was enacted as Act 2019-399.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB143 (Poole)
Description
Supplemental FY 2019 appropriations from the Education Trust Fund (ETF). (Companion bill is SB195.) No longer moving after SB195 was enacted as Act 2019-375.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB144 (Poole)
Description
Supplemental FY 2019 appropriations from the Education Trust Fund (ETF) Advancement and Technology Fund. (Companion bill is SB196.) No longer moving after SB196 was enacted as Act 2019-383.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB152 (Clouse)
Description
FY 2020 General Fund budget. (Companion bill is SB85.) Enacted as Act 2019-394.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB157 (Warren)
Description
FY 2020 Children First Trust Fund budget. (Companion bill is SB87.) Enacted as Act 2019-276.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB166 (Polizos)
Description
State employee pay raise. (Companion bill is SB121.) Enacted as Act 2019-277.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB176 (Clouse)
Description
Extends hospital assessments for Medicaid matching funds. Enacted as Act 2019-278.
Issue
Budgets, Health
Arise Position
Support
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB177 (Clouse)
Description
Extends nursing home assessments for Medicaid matching funds. Enacted as Act 2019-279.
Issue
Budgets, Health
Arise Position
Support
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB194 (Bracy)
Description
Requires Medicaid to allocate funds for at least 200 participants in Mobile's Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program starting in FY 2020. Died in the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB225 (Clarke)
Description
Prohibits wage discrimination based on race or sex. (Companion bill is SB399.) Enacted as Act 2019-519.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB233 (Holmes)
Description
Revises voter roll maintenance procedures. Died in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB256 (Jackson)
Description
Authorizes early voting. Died in the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB258 (Garrett)
Description
Requires a repayment period of at least 30 days for payday loans. (Companion bill is SB75.) Died in the House Financial Services Committee.
Issue
Payday/title lending reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB271 (Coleman)
Description
Prohibits discrimination in state employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability or age. Died in the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB273 (Coleman)
Description
Places a three-year moratorium on executions. Died in the House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB294 (Poole)
Description
Constitutional amendment to establish a general legislative session for non-budgetary matters and a fiscal session for biennial budget appropriations, ending the need for Budget Isolation Resolutions (BIRs). Died in the House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB295 (Poole)
Description
Implements alternating biennial budget periods for the General Fund and Education Trust Fund, contingent on the amendment proposed by HB294. Died in the House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB296 (Poole)
Description
Changes the state budget year to July 1 through June 30. Died in the House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB297 (Poole)
Description
Provides for biennial budget periods and all related functions, contingent on the amendment proposed by HB294. Died in the House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB3 (Hanes)
Description
Requires drug testing of some SNAP participants. Died in the House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB322 (Hall)
Description
Ends the state sales tax on groceries starting Sept. 1, 2019. Died in the House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB328 (Coleman)
Description
Constitutional amendment to remove racist language from the Alabama Constitution, delete repealed and duplicative provisions, and recompile other provisions. (Companion bill is SB275.) Enacted as Act 2019-271. Now awaiting a vote of the people.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB348 (England)
Description
Allow courts to grant relief from certain occupational licensing restrictions related to criminal convictions. (Companion bills are HB356 and SB163.) No longer moving after SB163 was enacted as Act 2019-464.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB35 (Johnson)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by allowing pharmacists and physicians to enter into collaborative practice agreements. Enacted as Act 2019-368.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB356 (Mooney)
Description
Allow courts to grant relief from certain occupational licensing restrictions related to criminal convictions. (Companion bills are HB348 and SB163.) No longer moving after SB163 was enacted as Act 2019-464.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB364 (Garrett)
Description
Raises the weekly ceiling on unemployment benefits and reduces the maximum number of weeks in which benefits are paid. (Companion bill is SB193.) No longer moving after SB193 was enacted as Act 2019-204.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB37 (Stadthagen)
Description
Allows state agencies to unearmark revenue in some circumstances. Died in the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB373 (Weaver)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by allowing the Nursing Board to enter a multi-state licensure agreement. (Companion bills are HB44 and SB38.) No longer moving after SB38 was enacted as Act 2019-102.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB376 (England)
Description
Requires legislative approval for the Department of Corrections to enter a lease agreement to incarcerate, supervise or manage more than 15% of its inmates at a private facility. Died in the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB377 (Simpson)
Description
Constitutional amendment to create a state Court Cost Commission. Died in the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB411 (Rogers)
Description
Establishes early voting in all elections. Died in the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB42 (England)
Description
Allows cities and counties to reduce or eliminate their sales tax on groceries. Died in the House County and Municipal Government Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB424 (Lovvorn)
Description
Creates a state income tax credit for research and development for certain Alabama companies. Died on the House calendar.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB426 (Lovvorn)
Description
Amends the landlord-tenant act to require landlords to maintain smoke alarms under certain conditions. Died on the Senate calendar.
Issue
Housing
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB427 (Nordgren)
Description
Requires SNAP participants to cooperate with child support enforcement as a condition of eligibility. Died in the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB44 (Weaver)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by allowing the Nursing Board to enter a multi-state licensure agreement. (Companion bills are HB373 and SB38.) No longer moving after SB38 was enacted as Act 2019-102.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB444 (Robertson)
Description
Addresses the opioid crisis by authorizing the Department of Public Health to establish needle exchange pilot projects in certain counties. Died in the House Health Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
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.) No longer moving after SB37 was enacted as Act 2019-301.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
HB453 (Hall)
Description
Allows certain incarcerated people to vote. Died in the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB454 (Hall)
Description
Eliminates the requirement to pay fees and fines to restore voting rights. Died in the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB470 (M. Moore)
Description
Eliminates the state sales tax on groceries over a four-year period. Died in the House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB482 (Bracy)
Description
Allows municipalities to increase their minimum wage. Died in the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB486 (Rafferty)
Description
Authorizes same-day voter registration. Died in the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB487 (Rafferty)
Description
Creates a dedicated funding source for the Alabama Housing Trust Fund. (Companion bill is SB189.) Died in the House County and Municipal Government Committee.
Issue
Housing
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB501 (Chestnut)
Description
Authorizes automatic voter registration. Died in the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB502 (Chestnut)
Description
Allows voters to cast an absentee ballot without stating a reason. Died in the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB533 (Dismukes)
Description
Reduces access to Medicaid and SNAP by imposing additional verification and work requirements. (Companion bill is SB294.) Died in the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB59 (Sells)
Description
Further expands the list of capital offenses. Enacted as Act 2019-514.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB591 (England)
Description
Allows Class 4 municipalities to reduce or eliminate their sales tax on groceries. Died in the House County and Municipal Government Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB612 (Hill)
Description
Repeals habitual felony offender laws, allows for early parole in some circumstances, eliminates certain sentence enhancements and revises sentencing standards for some crimes. (Companion bill is SB382.) Died in the House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB614 (Hill)
Description
Requires counties to establish diversion programs, community corrections and specialized courts. Died in the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB621 (Pringle)
Description
Exempts food, as defined by the WIC program, from state sales tax. Died in the House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB637 (Jackson)
Description
Allows voters to cast an absentee ballot without stating a reason. Died in the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
HB9 (Hanes)
Description
Prohibits waivers of time limits or work requirements for some SNAP participants during times of high unemployment. Died in the House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Died
Bill Title
HJR89 (Mooney)
Description
Rescinds all previous requests from the Legislature for Congress to call a constitutional convention under Article V. Companion resolution is SJR36. Died in the House Rules Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Other
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB111 (Ward)
Description
Reduces the time that people sentenced to life imprisonment for a capital offense committed before age 18 must serve before first consideration of parole. Died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB121 (Albritton)
Description
State employee pay raise. (Companion bill is HB166.) No longer moving after HB166 was enacted as Act 2019-277.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
SB123 (Melson)
Description
Provides that debts subject to tax refund seizures include amounts that third parties collect on behalf of government agencies. (Companion bill is HB125.) Enacted as Act 2019-184.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB125 (Ward)
Description
Revises juvenile justice laws. (Companion bills are HB132 and SB155.) Died in the Senate Children, Youth and Human Services Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB126 (Chambliss)
Description
Makes significant changes to the General Fund budget process. Died in the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB135 (Whatley)
Description
Allows record expungement for youthful offenders under certain conditions. Died on the Senate calendar.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB155 (Ward)
Description
Revises juvenile justice laws. (Companion bills are HB132 and SB125.) Died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
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. Died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB163 (Ward)
Description
Allows courts to grant relief from certain occupational licensing restrictions related to criminal convictions. (Companion bills are HB348 and HB356.) Enacted as Act 2019-464.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB189 (Coleman-Madison)
Description
Creates a dedicated funding source for the Alabama Housing Trust Fund. (Companion bill is HB487.) Died in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Housing
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB191 (Orr)
Description
Requires law enforcement agencies to report certain information about civil asset forfeitures to a state database. Enacted as Act 2019-505.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB192 (Orr)
Description
Teacher pay raise. (Companion bill is HB142.) Enacted as Act 2019-399.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB193 (Orr)
Description
Raises the weekly ceiling on unemployment benefits and reduces the maximum number of weeks in which benefits are paid. (Companion bill is HB364.) Enacted as Act 2019-204.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB195 (Orr)
Description
Supplemental FY 2019 appropriations from the Education Trust Fund (ETF). (Companion bill is HB143.) Enacted as Act 2019-375.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB196 (Orr)
Description
Supplemental FY 2019 appropriations from the Education Trust Fund (ETF) Advancement and Technology Fund. (Companion bill is HB144.) Enacted as Act 2019-383.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB199 (Orr)
Description
FY 2020 Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget. (Companion bill is HB141.) Enacted as Act 2019-403.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB228 (Orr)
Description
Increases the amount of jail food funding per meal and mandates the use of that funding solely for feeding of inmates. Enacted as Act 2019-133.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB237 (Ward)
Description
Creates a stronger Open Records Act and mandates agency compliance through open records custodians. Died in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB275 (Smitherman)
Description
Constitutional amendment to remove racist language from the Alabama Constitution, delete repealed and duplicative provisions, and recompile other provisions. (Companion bill is HB328.) No longer moving after HB328 was enacted as Act 2019-271.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
SB28 (Ward)
Description
Allows municipal court judges to set aside municipal court costs for indigent people convicted of certain offenses. Died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB294 (Orr)
Description
Reduces access to Medicaid and SNAP by imposing additional verification and work requirements. (Companion bill is SB533.) Died on the Senate calendar.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB295 (Orr)
Description
Creates a state Office of Apprenticeship and increases tax credits for apprenticeships. Enacted as Act 2019-506.
Issue
Tax reform, Other
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB30 (Ward)
Description
Allows waiver of court costs and fees in civil cases upon a finding of substantial financial hardship. Enacted as Act 2019-373.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB301 (Smitherman)
Description
Expands eligibility for absentee ballots and allows certain incarcerated people to vote. Enacted as Act 2019-507.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB311 (Marsh)
Description
Modifies the funds that can follow students who enroll in public charter schools. Died on the Senate calendar.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
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.) Enacted as Act 2019-301.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB38 (Reed)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by allowing the Nursing Board to enter a multi-state licensure agreement. (Companion bills are HB44 and HB373.) Enacted as Act 2019-102.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
SB382 (Ward)
Description
Repeals habitual felony offender laws, allows for early parole in some circumstances, eliminates certain sentence enhancements and revises sentencing standards for some crimes. (Companion bill is HB 612.) Died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB399 (Figures)
Description
Prohibits wage discrimination based on race or sex. (Companion bill is HB225.) No longer moving after HB225 was enacted as Act 2019-519.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
SB75 (Orr)
Description
Requires a repayment period of at least 30 days for payday loans. (Companion bill is HB258.) Died in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.
Issue
Payday/title lending reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
Died
Bill Title
SB85 (Albritton)
Description
FY 2020 General Fund (GF) budget. (Companion bill is HB152.) No longer moving after House and Senate passage of HB152.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
SB87 (Albritton)
Description
FY 2020 Children First Trust Fund budget. (Companion bill is HB157.) No longer moving after HB157 was enacted as Act 2019-276.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
No longer moving
Bill Title
SJR36 (Ward)
Description
Rescinds all previous requests from the Legislature for Congress to call a constitutional convention under Article V. Companion resolution is HJR89. Died in the Senate Rules Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Other
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Died
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