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 May 21, 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.) House County and Municipal Government Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by House committee
Bill Title
HB132 (Hill)
Description
Revises juvenile justice laws. (Companion bills are SB125 and SB155.) House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by House committee
Bill Title
HB133 (Hill)
Description
Unearmarks certain tax revenues and deposits them in the General Fund. 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. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB141 (Poole)
Description
FY 2020 Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget. (Companion bill is SB199.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB142 (Poole)
Description
Teacher pay raise. (Companion bill is SB192.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB143 (Poole)
Description
Supplemental FY 2019 appropriations from the Education Trust Fund (ETF). (Companion bill is SB195.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB144 (Poole)
Description
Supplemental FY 2019 appropriations from the Education Trust Fund (ETF) Advancement and Technology Fund. (Companion bill is SB196.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB152 (Clouse)
Description
FY 2020 General Fund budget. (Companion bill is SB85.) Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB157 (Warren)
Description
FY 2020 Children First Trust Fund budget. (Companion bill is SB87.) Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB166 (Polizos)
Description
State employee pay raise. (Companion bill is SB121.) Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB176 (Clouse)
Description
Extends hospital assessments for Medicaid matching funds. Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Health
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB177 (Clouse)
Description
Extends nursing home assessments for Medicaid matching funds. Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Health
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
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. Senate Mobile County Legislation Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB225 (Clarke)
Description
Prohibits wage discrimination based on race or sex. (Companion bill is SB399.) Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB233 (Holmes)
Description
Revises voter roll maintenance procedures. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB256 (Jackson)
Description
Authorizes early voting. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB258 (Garrett)
Description
Requires a repayment period of at least 30 days for payday loans. (Companion bill is SB75.) House Financial Services Committee.
Issue
Payday/title lending reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
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. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB273 (Coleman)
Description
Places a three-year moratorium on executions. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
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). House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
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. House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by House committee
Bill Title
HB296 (Poole)
Description
Changes the state budget year to July 1 through June 30. House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB297 (Poole)
Description
Provides for biennial budget periods and all related functions, contingent on the amendment proposed by HB294. House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB3 (Hanes)
Description
Requires drug testing of some SNAP participants. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB322 (Hall)
Description
Ends the state sales tax on groceries starting Sept. 1, 2019. House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
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.) Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
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.) House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB35 (Johnson)
Description
Addresses the provider shortage by allowing pharmacists and physicians to enter into collaborative practice agreements. Senate Healthcare Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
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.) House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
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.) House Commerce and Small Business Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Approved by House committee
Bill Title
HB37 (Stadthagen)
Description
Allows state agencies to unearmark revenue in some circumstances. House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
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. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB377 (Simpson)
Description
Constitutional amendment to create a state Court Cost Commission. House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB411 (Rogers)
Description
Establishes early voting in all elections. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB42 (England)
Description
Allows cities and counties to reduce or eliminate their sales tax on groceries. House County and Municipal Government Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB424 (Lovvorn)
Description
Creates a state income tax credit for research and development for certain Alabama companies. House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by House committee
Bill Title
HB426 (Lovvorn)
Description
Amends the landlord-tenant act to require landlords to maintain smoke alarms under certain conditions. Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee.
Issue
Housing
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB427 (Nordgren)
Description
Requires SNAP participants to cooperate with child support enforcement as a condition of eligibility. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
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 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. 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.) Senate Healthcare Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB453 (Hall)
Description
Allows certain incarcerated people to vote. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB454 (Hall)
Description
Eliminates the requirement to pay fees and fines to restore voting rights. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB470 (M. Moore)
Description
Eliminates the state sales tax on groceries over a four-year period. House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB482 (Bracy)
Description
Allows municipalities to increase their minimum wage. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB486 (Rafferty)
Description
Authorizes same-day voter registration. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB487 (Rafferty)
Description
Creates a dedicated funding source for the Alabama Housing Trust Fund. (Companion bill is SB189.) House County and Municipal Government Committee.
Issue
Housing
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB501 (Chestnut)
Description
Authorizes automatic voter registration. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB502 (Chestnut)
Description
Allows voters to cast an absentee ballot without stating a reason. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB533 (Dismukes)
Description
Reduces access to Medicaid and SNAP by imposing additional verification and work requirements. (Companion bill is SB294.) House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB59 (Sells)
Description
Further expands the list of capital offenses. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB591 (England)
Description
Allows Class 4 municipalities to reduce or eliminate their sales tax on groceries. House County and Municipal Government Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
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.) House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB614 (Hill)
Description
Requires counties to establish diversion programs, community corrections and specialized courts. House Ways and Means General Fund 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. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
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. House Rules Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Other
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
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. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB121 (Albritton)
Description
State employee pay raise. (Companion bill is HB166.) Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
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.) House State Government Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Passed in House, Passed in Senate
Bill Title
SB125 (Ward)
Description
Revises juvenile justice laws. (Companion bills are HB132 and SB155.) Senate Children, Youth and Human Services Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB126 (Chambliss)
Description
Makes significant changes to the General Fund budget process. House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee, Passed in Senate
Bill Title
SB135 (Whatley)
Description
Allows record expungement for youthful offenders under certain conditions. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB155 (Ward)
Description
Revises juvenile justice laws. (Companion bills are HB132 and SB125.) Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate 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. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
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.) House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by House committee, Passed in Senate
Bill Title
SB189 (Coleman-Madison)
Description
Creates a dedicated funding source for the Alabama Housing Trust Fund. (Companion bill is HB487.) Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Housing
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB191 (Orr)
Description
Creates numerous protections against abuse of civil asset forfeiture, including the requirement for a felony conviction prior to most forfeitures. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB192 (Orr)
Description
Teacher pay raise. (Companion bill is HB142.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee, Passed in Senate
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.) House Commerce and Small Business Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Passed in House, Passed in Senate
Bill Title
SB195 (Orr)
Description
Supplemental FY 2019 appropriations from the Education Trust Fund (ETF). (Companion bill is HB143.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee, Passed in Senate
Bill Title
SB196 (Orr)
Description
Supplemental FY 2019 appropriations from the Education Trust Fund (ETF) Advancement and Technology Fund. (Companion bill is HB144.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee, Passed in Senate
Bill Title
SB199 (Orr)
Description
FY2020 Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget. (Companion bill is HB141.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee, Passed in Senate
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. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
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.) Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB28 (Ward)
Description
Allows municipal court judges to set aside municipal court costs for indigent people convicted of certain offenses. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB294 (Orr)
Description
Reduces access to Medicaid and SNAP by imposing additional verification and work requirements. (Companion bill is HB533.) Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB295 (Orr)
Description
Creates a state Office of Apprenticeship and increases tax credits for apprenticeships. House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform, Other
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee, Passed in Senate
Bill Title
SB30 (Ward)
Description
Allows waiver of court costs and fees in civil cases upon a finding of substantial financial hardship. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by House committee, Passed in Senate
Bill Title
SB301 (Smitherman)
Description
Expands eligibility for absentee ballots and allows certain incarcerated people to vote. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB311 (Marsh)
Description
Modifies the funds that can follow students who enroll in public charter schools. Senate Education Policy Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by 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.) House Health Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by House committee, Passed in Senate
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). Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB399 (Figures)
Description
Prohibits wage discrimination based on race or sex. (Companion bill is HB225.) Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB75 (Orr)
Description
Requires a repayment period of at least 30 days for payday loans. (Companion bill is HB258.) Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.
Issue
Payday/title lending reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB85 (Albritton)
Description
FY 2020 General Fund (GF) budget. (Companion bill is HB152.) Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB87 (Albritton)
Description
FY 2020 Children First Trust Fund budget. (Companion bill is HB157.) Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
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. Senate Rules Committee.
Issue
Budgets, Other
Arise Position
Monitoring
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