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Fact Sheet

Alabama’s renter protections at risk under HB 421

Just three days. If HB 421 becomes law, that’s all the time Alabama renters would get to correct a minor lease violation before landlords could kick them out of their homes. It would be a bad deal for more than 1 million Alabamians who rent their homes. HB 421, sponsored by Rep. David Sessions, R-Grand Bay, [...]
Issue
Housing
Date
February 28, 2018
Author
Dev Wakeley
News Releases

House vote for public transportation bill is a win for mobility, economic development across Alabama

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in response to the House passage of a bill to create the Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund: “Creating the Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund is an important step forward for public transportation. Today’s House vote for SB 85 brings us [...]
Issue
Public Transportation
Date
February 22, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Senate committee vote for ’30 days to pay’ was a good first step on payday lending reform in Alabama

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in response to a Senate committee’s approval of a bill that would give Alabama borrowers 30 days to repay payday loans: “Today’s Senate committee vote in favor of the ‘30 days to pay’ bill was a big win for [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
February 15, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

White House’s proposed cuts to nutrition, health care and housing would hurt struggling Alabamians

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in response to the release of the White House’s proposed 2019 federal budget: “The White House’s budget proposal lays out a vision of a dark and troubling future for struggling families across Alabama. This plan would slash services like [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Safety Net
Date
February 13, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
In the News

For decades Alabama has not funded public transportation; bill aims to end that

For more than two decades, Kimble Forrister has looked for ways to steer any amount of state funding toward public transportation. It's been a futile attempt, and Alabama has long remained in dubious company as one of only five states that does not provide any state money for public transportation.
Date
February 6, 2018
Source
AL.com
Fact Sheet

New Medicaid hurdles would create barriers to health in Alabama

The Trump administration is encouraging states to impose work requirements on “non-elderly, non-pregnant adult Medicaid beneficiaries who are eligible for Medicaid on a basis other than disability.” State Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar told lawmakers the agency likely will seek approval for such a requirement this year. SB 140, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, and HB 331, [...]
Issue
Health
Date
February 1, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Public transportation bill sails through Alabama House committee

A good month for public transportation advocates in Alabama continued Wednesday when a state House committee approved legislation to create an Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund. SB 85, sponsored by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, now goes to the House, which could vote on the bill and send it to Gov. Kay Ivey as soon as [...]
Issue
Public Transportation
Date
January 31, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Four reasons to oppose work requirements for Alabama Medicaid

(1) The vast majority of enrollees are children or otherwise exempt. Medicaid covers about 1 million Alabamians (roughly one in every five people in the state), and most of them are children. Almost all of the rest are seniors, pregnant women, or people with disabilities who would be exempt from work requirements. Only about 7.5 percent of [...]
Issue
Health
Date
January 26, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

“Pass budgets and go home.” That’s the spirit in the air as Alabama legislators look to make quick work of the 2018 session. Even so, we still see some opportunities.

Date
January 26, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Alabama Senate passes public transportation trust fund bill

Public transportation took another step forward Thursday when the Alabama Senate voted 26-0 for legislation to create an Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund. SB 85, sponsored by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, moves to the House. A similar bill – HB 10, sponsored by Rep. Jack Williams, R-Vestavia Hills – won House committee approval last week. Alabama [...]
Issue
Public Transportation
Date
January 25, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders