What passed in the Alabama Legislature: Feb. 27-29, 2024

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Alabama House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, prepares to gavel the Alabama House of Representatives into session on Feb. 29, 2024 at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Alabama. (Brian Lyman/Alabama Reflector)

Here is a list of bills that passed the Alabama Legislature this week.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

House

HB 2, sponsored by Rep. Prince Chestnut, D-Selma, would provide compensation to Dallas County board of education members of $1,000 per month. The bill passed 36-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 193, sponsored by Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee, would provide that any salary payments made to the Macon County probate judge beginning on Jan.15, 2019, and ending on Mar. 31, 2022, which were incorrectly paid, be ratified and confirmed. It passed 17-1.

HB 129, sponsored by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, would establish the CHOOSE Act, a voucher-like program for schools that would set up educational savings accounts to households of up to $7,000 to use for non-public education, including private schools and tutoring. The bill passed 69-34. It goes to the Senate.

Senate

SB18, sponsored by Sen. Merika Coleman, D-Pleasant Grove, would extend the statute of limitations to allow survivors to fully participate in a Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy suit. The bill passed 34-0 and moves to the House of Representatives.

SB7, sponsored by Sen. Chris Elliott, R-Daphne, would authorize sheriffs and chiefs of police to contract with nonpublic schools. The bill passed 34-0 and moves to the House of Representatives.

SB25, sponsored by Sen. April Weaver, R-Brierfield would, among other measures, clarifies the disciplinary actions that can be taken by the Board of Nursing. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB26, sponsored by Sen. April Weaver, R-Brierfield would change the term “nurse educator” to the “advanced practice nurse” in the Alabama Loan-Repayment Program for Advanced Practice Nursing. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB106, sponsored by Sen. Wes Kitchens, R-Arab, revises how the salary of the secretary and the deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce are set. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB44, sponsored by Sen. Wes Kitchens, R-Arab, removes the Department of Insurance from Sunset Law. The bill passed 33-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB53, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, removes the eligibility to work form for 14- and 15-year-olds. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB105, sponsored by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, limits the liability of member of any community emergency response team certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency who provides emergency care at a disaster or accident. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the Alabama House of Representatives.

SB50, sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, prohibits the government from restricting appliances based on the energy source. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB100, sponsored by Sen. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva, establishes the Board of Medical Scholarship Awards Fund. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB101, sponsored by Sen. Keith Kelley, R-Anniston, would, among other measures, remove the apprentice provisions from the Board of Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB15, sponsored by Sen. William Beasley, D-Clayton, revises the number of pharmacy technicians regulated by board rules at compounding pharmacies. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB59, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, requires CPR and automated external defibrillators in K-12 health classes. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB46, sponsored by Sen. Shay Shelnutt, R-Trussville, which, among other measures, provides licensing exceptions for some surplus line brokers. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB47, sponsored by Sen. Shay Shelnutt, R-Trussville, establishes the Alabama Automobile Insurance Plan. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

House

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A woman at a lectern

Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison, D-Birmingham, speaks during a debate in the Alabama Senate over legislation extending immunity to in vitro fertilization programs on Feb. 29, 2024 at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Alabama. The Alabama House and Senate both considered bills Thursday to restart IVF programs after many closed their doors following a Feb. 16 Alabama Supreme Court ruling. (Brian Lyman/Alabama Reflector)

HB 40, sponsored by Rep. Phillip Pettus, R- Killen, would authorize a qualified taxpayer 65 years of age or older to claim a senior property tax exemption for real property owned in Lauderdale County. The bill, a constitutional amendment, passed 64-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 82, sponsored by Rep. Mike Shaw, R-Hoover, would add additional activity that would constitute the crime of false reporting, provide a penalty of a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and require the payment of restitution in certain circumstances. The bill passed 103-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 114, sponsored by Rep. David Stanbridge, R-Hayden, provides for the expense allowance and salary of the coroner in Blount County. The bill passed 22-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 115, sponsored by Rep. David Stanbridge, R-Hayden, sets the annual salary of the members of the Blount County Commission at 80% of the chair’s salary. The bill passed 17-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 179, sponsored by Rep. David Stanbridge, R-Hayden, would alter, rearrange, and extend the boundary lines and corporate limits of the Town of Hayden in Blount County. The bill passed 20-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 213, sponsored by Rep. Jamie Kiel, R- Russellville, would further provide for the compensation of the probate judge of Colbert County to 80% of a circuit judge compensation with the same number of years of service as the probate judge. The bill passed 21-0. It goes to the Senate.

Senate

SB111, sponsored by Sen. Sam Givhan, R-Huntsville,  continues the Board of Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors until October 1, 2028. It passed 25-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB113, sponsored by Sen. Sam Givhan, R-Huntsville, continues the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board until Oct. 1 2028. It passed 25-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB117, sponsored by Sen. Robert Stewart, D-Selma, continues the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure until Oct. 1 2028. It passed 25-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

Thursday, Feb. 29

House

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A voting board

The Alabama House of Representatives votes for a bill extending immunity to IVF providers on Feb. 29, 2024 at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Alabama. The Alabama Legislature is voting on immunity measures after an Alabama Supreme Court decision that caused many IVF programs in the state to close. (Brian Lyman/Alabama Reflector)

HB 96, sponsored by Rep. Bill Lamb, R-Tuscaloosa, allows the City of Lake View’s municipal or magistrate judge to recall a failure to appear or comply with a warrant upon the payment of fee by the defendant. The bill passed 16-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 237, sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, would provide civil and criminal immunity for death or damage to an embryo to any individual or entity when providing or receiving goods or services related to in vitro fertilization (IVF). The bill passed 94-6. It goes to the Senate.

HB 51, sponsored by Rep. Margie Wilcox, R-Mobile, would exempt hearing instruments from the state sales tax of 4%. The bill passed 102-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 164, sponsored by Rep. Ben Robbins, R- Sylacauga, would require age verification for the distribution of sexual material through certain adult websites, applications, and digital and virtual platforms. The bill passed 101-1. It goes to the Senate.

HB 66, sponsored by Rep. Chip Brown, R-Hollinger’s Island, would require certain food service establishments to notify consumers of the country of origin or importation status of seafood products offered for sale. The bill passed 101-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 110, sponsored by Rep. Russell Bedsole, R-Alabaster, increases the air-mile radius for intrastate motor carriers from 75 air-mile radius of their normal work reporting location, following 10 consecutive hours off duty, to 150 air-mile radius to reflect the current federal allowance. The bill passed 102-1. It goes to the Senate.

HB 156, sponsored by Rep. Chad Robertson, R-Heflin, would establish that a candidate for elected public office, within five days of becoming a candidate, must file a statement with the Secretary of State indicating the names of individuals serving as the principal campaign committee for the candidate. The bill passed 100-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 126, sponsored by Rep. Leigh Hulsey, R-Helena, would require fire-protection personnel, certified volunteer firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel to undergo regular training related to interacting with individuals with sensory needs or invisible disabilities passed. The bill passed 103-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 101, sponsored by Rep. Adline Clarke, D-Mobile, would provide the cost of necessary training and associated travel expenses as approved by the county commissions for any individual appointed as the absentee election manager. The bill passed 103-0. It goes to the Senate.

HB 70, sponsored by Rep. A.J. McCampbell, D-Linden, would authorize the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama to issue special volunteer licenses to allow eligible nonresident dentists and dental hygienists to practice in this state for a limited time under the supervision of a licensed dentist during an organized charitable event. The bill passed 88-13. It goes to the Senate.

HB 79, sponsored by Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham, would provide that knowingly advertising, either online or in print, access to the sexual or labor servitude of another is human trafficking shall be guilty of a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison passed. The bill passed 100 – 0. It goes to the Senate.

Senate

SB159, sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, would provide civil and criminal immunity for death or damage to an embryo to any individual or entity when providing or receiving goods or services related to in vitro fertilization (IVF). The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB34, sponsored by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, makes a threat against a judge or staff a terrorist threat in the first degree. It passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB89, sponsored by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, makes it illegal to loiter within 30 feet of any interchange involving a controlled-access or limited-access highway. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB118, sponsored by Sen. Robert Stewart, D-Selma, continues the Alabama Private Investigation Board until Oct. 1 2026. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB120, sponsored by Sen. Keith Kelley, R-Anniston, continues the Alabama Real Estate Commission until Oct. 1 2028. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB130, sponsored by Sen. Will Barfoot, R-Pike Road, continues the Alabama Board of Court Reporting until Oct. 1, 2028. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB131, sponsored by Sen. Will Barfoot, R-Pike Road, continues the Alabama Behavior Analyst Licensing Board until Oct. 1 2026 and outlines services required to be provided by the Department of Mental Heath. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB137, sponsored by Sen. Garlan Gudger, terminates the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy and replaces it with the Alabama Massage Therapy Licensing Board. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB144, sponsored by Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison, D-Birmingham, continues the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology until Oct. 1 2028. The bill passed 23-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB145, sponsored by Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison, D-Birmingham, continues the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling until Oct. 1 2026. The bill passed 22-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB62, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, removes the state sales tax from baby and feminine hygiene products. The bill passed 26-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB121, sponsored by Sen. Keith Kelley, R-Anniston, continues the Alabama Real Estate Commission until October 1, 2028. The bill passed 34-0 and goes to the House of Representatives.

SB63, sponsored by Sen. Josh Carnley, R-Enterprise, which limits the liability of public funds and the county commission under some circumstances. The Senate concurred with an amendment from Gov. Kay Ivey.

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