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 March 9, 2020.

  • Session

  • Issue

  • Position

  • Status

Bill Title
Description
Issue
Arise Position
Status
Bill Title
HB113 (Brown, C.)
Description
Specifies additional criminal charges for which judges must deny bail. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB117 (Chestnut)
Description
Allows voters to cast an absentee ballot without providing an excuse. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB120 (Sorrell)
Description
Requires a criminal conviction in most circumstances before law enforcement can seize assets through forfeiture. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB131 (Sorrell)
Description
Phases out the state sales tax on groceries over a 20-year period. House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB132 (Sorrell)
Description
Establishes an interstate compact to prohibit state tax incentives to entice companies to relocate existing facilities. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB146 (Sells)
Description
Requires Medicaid to reimburse ambulance services at 75% of the Medicare rate. House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Health
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB147 (Sells)
Description
Forbids cities that do not already have an occupational tax to impose one unless the Legislature authorizes it by local law. Enacted as Act 2020-14.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Enacted
Bill Title
HB149 (Whitt)
Description
Ensures taxpayers could claim a state income tax deduction for contributions to 529 education savings plans for K-12 private school tuition. (Companion bill is SB231.) Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB150 (Simpson)
Description
Requires electronic monitoring of people who are charged with certain offenses and are released on bail. (Companion bill is SB76.) House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by House committee
Bill Title
HB152 (Clouse)
Description
FY 2021 General Fund budget. (Companion bill is SB157.) House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB160 (Hill)
Description
Eliminates driver's license suspensions for certain offenses. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by House committee
Bill Title
HB161 (Hill)
Description
Allows expungement of criminal records of convictions for certain municipal and misdemeanor offenses. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB162 (Hill)
Description
Requires a community corrections program in each judicial circuit. House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by House committee
Bill Title
HB178 (Sorrell)
Description
Eliminates ad valorem taxes on certain personal property over a 10-year period. House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB185 (Hill)
Description
Establishes the Accountability Court Commission to oversee drug courts, mental health courts and other specialized courts. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
Approved by House committee
Bill Title
HB187 (Poole)
Description
FY 2021 Education Trust Fund budget. House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB217 (Warren)
Description
FY 2021 Children First Trust Fund budget. (Companion bill is SB158.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB219 (Faulkner)
Description
Constitutional amendment to cap annual property tax appraisal increases at 3% for residential properties. House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB222 (Nordgren)
Description
Requires SNAP participants to "cooperate" with child support to receive food assistance. House State Government Commttee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB227 (Hill)
Description
Allows judicial discretion over the length of sentence if a defendant's probation is revoked. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB236 (South)
Description
Provides a state income tax credit to certified registered nurse anesthetists who practice in rural areas. (Companion bill is SB187.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Health, Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB250 (Hall)
Description
Expands and streamlines voting rights restoration and eliminates the requirement to repay all fines, fees and restitution before voting rights are restored. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB251 (Hall)
Description
Allows voters to cast an absentee ballot without providing an excuse. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB256 (Wood, R.)
Description
Eliminates the requirement for absentee ballots to be witnessed or notarized. (Companion bill is SB180.) House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB274 (Hanes)
Description
Requires EBT cards for SNAP and TANF to include a participant's photograph. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB275 (Rowe)
Description
Requires that death penalty appeals take priority over all other cases at the Court of Criminal Appeals and eliminates state Supreme Court review of death penalty cases. (Companion bill is SB200.) House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB28 (Jackson)
Description
Allows voters to cast an absentee ballot without providing an excuse. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB285 (Wadsworth)
Description
Expands the state income tax credit for rural physicians. House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Health, Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB3 (Holmes)
Description
Constitutional amendment to eliminate the business privilege tax, estate tax, income tax and other taxes and authorize the Legislature to replace them with a consumption tax. House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB30 (Jackson)
Description
Allows early voting during a four- to six-day period preceding Election Day. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB314 (Chestnut)
Description
Creates a process for automatic voter registration. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB329 (Hill)
Description
Creates new sentencing standards and allows for resentencing of people convicted of some nonviolent offenses. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB348 (Rowe)
Description
Requires unemployed able-bodied adults without dependents to be enrolled in a job training plan to be eligible for SNAP food assistance. House State Government Committee.
Issue
Safety net
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB352 (Garrett)
Description
Constitutional amendment to eliminate the corporate income tax deduction for federal income taxes and reduce the corporate income tax rate. (Companion bill is SB249.) House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB359 (England)
Description
Requires a unanimous jury sentencing decision to impose the death penalty. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB4 (Holmes)
Description
Eliminates the income tax and other state taxes and replaces them with a consumption tax, contingent on a constitutional amendment. House Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB50 (Hall)
Description
Adds a valid inmate identification card to the list of acceptable ID to vote absentee. House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB65 (Pringle)
Description
Clarifies the notice that must be given to a tenant during eviction proceedings. House Commerce and Small Business Committee.
Issue
Housing
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB81 (Brown, C.)
Description
Constitutional amendment to increase the number of criminal charges for which judges must deny bail. (Companion bill is SB119.) Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee, Passed in House
Bill Title
HB85 (Hill)
Description
Increases the dollar threshold for felony theft of lost property. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB86 (Hill)
Description
Increases the dollar threshold for felony theft of property. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB87 (Hill)
Description
Increases the dollar threshold for felony fradulent leasing or rental of property. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB88 (Hill)
Description
Allows judicial discretion over the length of sentence if a defendant's probation is revoked and extends the implementation date for truth-in-sentencing standards. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB89 (Hill)
Description
Increases the dollar thresholds for felony receipt of stolen property. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
HB91 (Hill)
Description
Eliminates the marijuana possession felony enhancement based on a prior conviction of possession for personal use. House Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In House committee
Bill Title
SB103 (Coleman-Madison)
Description
Creates a dedicated funding source for the Alabama Housing Trust Fund. Senate Finance Taxation and General Fund Committee.
Issue
Housing
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB108 (Orr)
Description
Criminalizes acts by local officials that limit enforcement of immigration laws. Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB119 (Sessions)
Description
Constitutional amendment to increase the number of criminal charges for which judges must deny bail. (Companion bill is HB81.) Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB129 (Chambliss)
Description
Creates the General Fund Budget Reserve Fund and provides for deposits and withdrawals. Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB14 (Ward)
Description
Allows expungement of criminal records of convictions for certain offenses and increases the filing fee for expungements. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB144 (Jones)
Description
Constitutional amendment to cap the federal income tax deduction and eliminate the state sales tax on groceries. Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB157 (Albritton)
Description
FY 2021 General Fund budget. (Companion bill is HB152.) Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB158 (Albritton)
Description
FY 2021 Children First Trust Fund budget. (Companion bill is HB217.) Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB162 (Whatley)
Description
Allows expungement of certain youthful offender records. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB173 (Jones)
Description
Forbids cities that do not already have an occupational tax to impose one unless the Legislature authorizes it by local law. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB180 (Whatley)
Description
Eliminates the requirement for absentee ballots to be witnessed or notarized. (Companion bill is HB256.) Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB187 (Singleton)
Description
Provides a state income tax credit to certified registered nurse anesthetists who practice in rural areas. (Companion bill is HB236.) Senate Healthcare Committee.
Issue
Health, Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB195 (Livingston)
Description
Creates a new state income tax credit for rural dentists. Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee.
Issue
Health, Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB200 (Ward)
Description
Requires that death penalty appeals take priority over all other cases at the Supreme Court and eliminates Court of Criminal Appeals review of death penalty cases. (Companion bill is HB275.) Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB208 (Coleman-Madison)
Description
Eliminates the filing fee for expungements. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB209 (Coleman-Madison)
Description
Expands and streamlines voting rights restoration and eliminates the requirement to repay all fines, fees and restitution before voting rights are restored. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Voting rights
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB231 (Givhan)
Description
Ensures taxpayers could claim a state income tax deduction for contributions to 529 education savings plans for K-12 private school tuition. (Companion bill is HB149.) Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Oppose
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB241 (Figures)
Description
Ends the sales tax discount for retailers who file and pay on time. Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB242 (Orr)
Description
Allows issuance of $1 billion in bonds for schools, community colleges and colleges. Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee.
Issue
Budgets
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB244 (Ward)
Description
Requires Board of Pardons and Parole supervision of people near the end of a prison sentence no matter when they committed the offense or were sentenced. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB249 (Roberts)
Description
Constitutional amendment to eliminate the corporate income tax deduction for federal income taxes and reduce the corporate income tax rate. (Companion bill is HB352.) Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Tax reform
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB57 (Ward)
Description
Creates a new Open Records Act. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Issue
Other
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB58 (Orr)
Description
Requires a repayment period of at least 30 days for payday loans. Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.
Issue
Payday/title lending reform
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB59 (Ward)
Description
Constitutional amendment to allow the Legislature to specify additional criminal charges for which judges must deny bail. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB60 (Ward)
Description
Specifies additional criminal charges for which judges must deny bail. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB62 (Chambliss)
Description
Creates the crime of theft by shoplifting and establishes thresholds and penalties. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB75 (Ward)
Description
Prohibits driver's license suspensions for failure to pay fines, fees or court costs related to certain traffic offenses if the court has found the person to be indigent. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Support
Status
In Senate committee
Bill Title
SB76 (Ward)
Description
Requires electronic monitoring of people who are charged with certain offenses and are released on bail. (Companion bill is HB150.) Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
Approved by Senate committee
Bill Title
SB90 (Coleman-Madison)
Description
Requires that parole violators be eligible for a reduction in time if held in local jail before prison confinement. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Issue
Criminal justice
Arise Position
Monitoring
Status
In Senate committee