Legislative Summary

Fine Geddie & Associates provides a newsletter of candid assessment and background information on bills currently in the Alabama Legislature. The newsletter is published during the Regular Session. Special Reports are published during elections and special sessions.

JULY 15, 2020
SPECIAL REPORT: PRIMARY ELECTION RUN-OFF & MANDATORY MASK PROCLAMATION

The Primary Election Runoffs for a U.S. Senate seat, Congressional District 1, Congressional District 2, and a seat on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals were held on July 14, 2020. Also, starting July 16, 2020 the Statewide Health Order will be updated to require people to wear a mask in public. Read more >

MAY 19, 2020
WEEK NINE: FINAL SESSION OF 2020

In brief sessions Monday afternoon, both the Alabama Senate and House overwhelmingly approved Gov. Kay Ivey's plan for spending the $1.9 billion federal Coronavirus relief funds, the only major issue in question going into the Regular Session's final day. Continue reading >

WEEK NINE - BILL TRACKING LIST

SPECIAL REPORT: MAY 15, 2020

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Governor. Kay Ivey announced that she intends to sign both of the state’s fiscal year 2021 operating budgets – the $7.1 billion Education Trust Fund and the $2.4 billion General Fund – as passed by the Alabama Legislature. Read more >

Special Report: may 11, 2020

The Alabama Legislature has adjourned until May 18, after meeting on Saturday to give final passage to the $7.1 billion Education Trust Fund budget, a supplemental education funding bill, a revenue bill for nursing homes, and the remaining local bills pending. Those measures have been sent to the Governor for her consideration. Continue reading >

MAY 8, 2020
WEEK EIGHT: RAPID BUDGET WRITING FOR 2021

After an extended COVID-19 interruption, Alabama legislators have shifted into overdrive this week. In just five days of work, they have sent one budget to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk and the second budget is not far behind. Meanwhile, tensions are boiling over as the legislative and executive branches jockeyed for control of the $1.9 billion in federal funding related to the virus. Continue reading >

WEEK EIGHT - BILL TRACKING LIST

Special Report: April 24, 2020

The leadership of the Alabama Legislature have announced plans to convene in Regular Session May 4, 2020. The presiding officers of each house will be present in their respective chambers on April 28 to declare the absence of a quorum due to a state of emergency and move to reconvene May 4. The priority will be on the General Fund budget, the Education Trust Fund budget, and local legislation. Continue reading >

MARCH 27, 2020
WEEK SEVEN: OUTLOOK ON LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE

The Alabama Legislature is ending its spring break, but the fate of the 2020 Regular Session is unclear due to the novel Coronavirus. The House had a brief session yesterday attended by Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R—Huntsville). The House did not have a quorum but, pursuant to an emergency rule, adjourned and plans to convene on Tuesday. The Senate is scheduled to convene Tuesday, as well. If a quorum can be reached in each chamber, they will pass a resolution to return on April 28. Continue reading >

MARCH 13, 2020
WEEK SIX: MEDICAL MARIJUANA PASSES THE SENATE

Late in the day on Thursday, the Alabama Senate voted 22-11 to pass SB165 by Sen. Tim Melson, M.D. (R - Florence). The bill to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the state will go on to the House for consideration. Continue reading >

WEEK SIX - BILL TRACKING LIST

March 6, 2020
Week Five: Super Tuesday Sets Up Federal Runoffs

Tuesday's primary election results yielded hotly contested runoffs for March 31, with a GOP U.S. Senate battle between former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville, and former U.S. Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Continue reading >

WEEK FIVE - BILL TRACKING LIST

FEBRUARY 28, 2020
WEEK FOUR: SENATE GIVES FINAL APPROVAL TO OCCUPATIONAL TAX BAN

After more than three hours of debate Thursday, the Alabama Senate approved new limitations on the establishment of future occupational taxes in the state, sending the measure to Gov. Kay Ivey on a split vote. Continue reading >

WEEK FOUR - BILL TRACKING LIST

FEBRUARY 21, 2020
WEEK THREE: MOST RECOMMENDATIONS OF MILITARY STABILITY COMMISSION APPROVED BY SENATE

The Alabama Senate devoted much of Tuesday to passage of recommendations from the Military Stability Commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, the chamber's presiding officer. Continue reading >

WEEK THREE - BILL TRACKING LIST

february 14, 2020
WEEK TWO: SENATE ADVANCES GENERAL FUND RESERVE ACT

Alabama lawmakers took steps this week to utilize 2021's positive revenue forecast as an opportunity to prepare for leaner years that are sure to come. Continue reading >

WEEK TWO - BILL TRACKING LIST

february 7, 2020
Week one: Legislators return to positive financial forecast

Alabama's 2020 Regular Session began this week on an upbeat note, as official budget projections showed healthy revenue growth to support routine operations and new initiatives. Continue reading

WEEK ONE - BILL TRACKING LIST
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