AFA Legislative Update- Week 3

statehouse2The Alabama Legislature re-convened on Tuesday, March 17th for its third week of work for the 2015 Legislative Regular Session. Meeting on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the Legislature has now used up 8 of its allotted 30 legislative days. The House has introduced 345 bills and the Senate has introduced 299 bills.

The Legislature will take off next week for Spring Break and will convene Tuesday, March 31st.

Bills of interest that AFA is following (note: italics indicate action that occurred this week):

Forestry/Agriculture:

SB203 (Orr)- Merges Alabama Forestry Commission into the newly named Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Services.

SB103 (Scofield)/HB217 (Boothe)- Removes limit on tags receiving a discount for farm vehicles. Senate version passed out of committee and received 2nd reading. House version was passed out of committee and is on the special order calendar for consideration by the full House on 3/31.

SB127 (Whatley)/HB 188 (Lee)- Eliminates the sales tax on farm equipment. Currently the sales tax for farm equipment is 1.5%.

SB116 (Orr)- Creates felony crime and penalties for hunting on land without permission. Passed committee and received 2nd reading.

hankjrSB123 (Whatley)- Requires permit and $50 fee for game feeders. After testimony provided in support of the bill provided by Hank Williams, Jr, an amended version passed by Senate Ag Committee.

 

 

 

Fiscal Responsibility:

SB12 (Sanford)- Establishes Alabama Recurring Revenue Fund and distributes funds to GF and ETF proportionally. Allows GF to participate in growth tax revenues. AFA supports.

SB75 (Beasley)- Medicaid Expansion- AFA opposes.

SB115 (Orr)- State ABC Agency phase out. AFA supports.

SB98 (Ross)- Repeals Rolling Reserve Act. AFA opposes.

HB135 (Clouse)- General Fund Appropriations Bill

HB155 (Poole)/SB179 (Pittman)- Education Fund Appropriations Bill

SB231 (Allen)- Creates Legacy Trust Fund for BP funds and other windfalls.

SB248 (Pittman)- Constitutional Amendment- Rolling Reserve Act- AFA supports.

SB281 (Holley)/HB330 (Boothe)- Rolling Reserve Act changes.

HB322 (Poole)- Rolling Reserve Act changes.

Taxes:

HB139 (McMillan)- Tax increase on tobacco products. Part of Governor’s tax increase package.

HB142 (Hill)- Combined reporting for corporate income tax. Part of Governor’s tax increase package. AFA opposes.

HB183 (Shiver)- Monroe County excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. AFA opposes. Passed out of House and has been assigned to Senate Committee on Local Legislation #1.

HB240 (Johnson)- Repeals withholding exemptions from state income taxes. Part of Governor’s tax increase package. Passed out of committee and awaits consideration before the full House.

HB267 (Clouse)- Increases the sales tax on leased autos to 4%. Part of Governor’s tax increase package.

HB268 (Clouse)- Increases the sales tax on purchase of autos to 3%. Part of Governor’s tax increase package.

SB227 (Singleton)- Increases advalorem taxes. AFA opposes.

Education:

collins2SB45 (Marsh)/HB192 (Collins)- School Choice/Charter School Bill- Senate bill substituted in committee and has received its second reading. Senate passed the bill and it has been transmitted to the House where it now has cleared committee and has received its second reading. It is now in position for final passage. The House passed an amended version, returned it to the Senate where they concurred and sent to the Governor who signed it on Thursday.

marsh3SB71 (Marsh)- Alabama Accountability Act amendments. Received a public hearing and is expected to be voted on in committee next week. It was voted out of committee this week and is being considered by the full Senate.

SB101 (Glover)- Repeals Common Core.

HB270 (Ford)- Repeals Alabama Accountability Act. AFA Opposes.

Incentives/Job Creation:

HB57 (Beech)- Alabama Veterans and Rural Jobs Act. Part of Governor’s Incentives Package works in conjunction with HB58, The Alabama Jobs Act. Provides incentives to companies making capital investments and providing jobs in rural counties and to veterans. Passed committee and received second reading. Passed by the House and received its first reading in the Senate. Received a favorable report in Senate Committee and moves to full Senate.

HB58 (Baker)- Alabama Jobs Act. Part of Governor’s Incentive Package and repeals existing statutory capital investment incentives for new and expanding businesses and replaces with new incentives. Passed committee and received second reading. Passed the House and received its first reading in the Senate. Received a favorable report in Senate Committee and moves to full Senate.

HB59 (Lee)- Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act gives tax incentives to companies that re-invest in their businesses and extends those incentives to potentially 20 years. Passed committee and received second reading. Passed the House and received its first reading in the Senate. Received a favorable report in Senate Committee and was then passed by the full Senate. Awaits Governor’s signature.

General Governance:

SB55 (Pittman)- Restricts state agencies to amend rule-makings only once every 10 years.

SB57 (Pittman)- Term Limits, reported out of committee and received its second reading.

SB73 (Brewbaker)/HB78 (Ball) – Initiative and Referendum- AFA opposes.

SB80 (Ward)/HB110 (Williams)- Limits manufacturer liability. AFA supports. Senate version was reported favorably by the Judiciary Committee and received its 2nd reading. House version also passed the House Judiciary Committee and received its 2nd reading. Senate bill passed Senate and has been referred to House Judiciary. House bill passed House and has been referred to Senate Judiciary.

SB16 (Marsh)/HB193 (Davis)- Proposed constitutional amendment to allow statewide referendum to give counties limited home rule authority. AFA amended the bill in Senate committee and it now has been reported out and has had its second reading. The House version has also been passed through committee as amended. The House bill is on the special order calendar for the House on 3/31.

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