Legislative Summary

Fine Geddie & Associates provides a newsletter of candid assessment and background information on bills currently in the Alabama Legislature.

Published during the Regular Session. Special Reports are published during elections and special sessions.

May 17, 2019 | Week TEN: BUSY WEEK ON BIG ISSUES: Broadband Expansion, Education Reform, Lottery, and Economic Development Incentives

Again this week, lawmakers worked three full meeting days as they took action on broadband expansion, education reform, a state lottery, economic development incentives and budgets. Continue reading

WEEK TEN - BILLING TRACKING REPORT

May 10, 2019 | Week Nine: LEGISLATURE TAKES UP MAJOR ISSUES: Broadband Expansion and Lottery Advance, Sweeping Education Reform Proposed

The Legislature worked three full meeting days this week, devoting much of its debate time to topics like abortion, criminal justice reform, medical marijuana and franchisee protection. Continue reading

WEEK NINE - BILLING TRACKING REPORT

May 3, 2019 | Week EIGHT: BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE DOMINATES DEBATE AT STATE HOUSE

Just as high-speed internet access pervades every aspect of modern life, the issue of expanding broadband service in unserved and underserved areas of Alabama dominated the Alabama State House this week. Continue reading

WEEK EIGHT - BILLING TRACKING REPORT

April 26, 2019 | Week Seven: Lottery Proposal Passes the senate

The Alabama Legislature capped off another productive week in Montgomery when the Senate narrowly gave the green light to a lottery referendum Thursday afternoon. Continue reading

WEEK SEVEN - BILLING TRACKING REPORT

April 19, 2019 | Week SIX: ETHICS BILL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS AWAITS GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE

An ethics measure preserving confidentiality for certain economic development professionals earned swift final passage this week in the Senate, as promised by Senate President Pro-Tempore Del Marsh (R—Anniston). Continue reading

WEEK SIX - BILLING TRACKING REPORT

April 12, 2019 | Week FIVE: PRODUCTIVE WEEK THOUGH TENSIONS HEAT UP

With nearly a third of the session’s meeting days complete, the Alabama Legislature notched another productive week in Montgomery. Continue reading

WEEK FIVE - BILLING TRACKING REPORT

April 5, 2019 | Week FOUR: lottery, ethics and open records introduced

A productive and relatively routine three-day week in the Alabama Legislature included introductions of another state lottery proposal, a comprehensive ethics reform bill and a revision of the open records law. Continue reading

WEEK FOUR - BILLING TRACKING REPORT

MARCH 22, 2019 | Week THREE: COMMON CORE: SENATE VOTES TO REPEAL EDUCATION STANDARDS

The Alabama Senate closed the first full week of the 2019 Regular Session on a loud note, approving a bill to repeal the state's Common Core standards on a 23-7 vote divided along party line. Continue reading

WEEK THREE - BILLING TRACKING REPORT

MARCH 13, 2019 | Week TWO: GOVERNOR KAY IVEY SIGNS REBUILD ALABAMA ACT INTO LAW

State lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a landmark infastructure package on Tuesday, and Governor Kay Ivey signed the Rebuild Alabama Act into law within hours. Continue reading

WEEK TWO - BILLING TRACKING REPORT

MARCH 7, 2019 | Week One: Special Session on Infrastructure underway - State budget picture looks healthy for 2020

When legislators resume the Regular Session, they will approach the budget-writing process with unusually robust revenue forecasts for the upcoming year. Alabama is one of only three states with separate budgets. Continue reading

WEEK ONE - BILLING TRACKING REPORT
How to Read the New Bill Tracking Report Format | Senate & House Committee Abbreviations

MARCH 6, 2019 | Governor Calls Special Legislative Session on Infrastructure

Last night, Governor Kay Ivey called the Alabama Legislature into a Special Session focused on transportation infrastructure, and lawmakers convened at 9:30 a.m. today. The governor's proclamation specified three issues for consideration. Read more

FEBRUARY 1, 2019 | A new quadrennium is underway

Now that the inaugural ceremonies have concluded and our office holders have settled in, we want to give you a pre-session report on a few agenda items. The 2019 Regular Session will convene on March 5 and will conclude by June 17. Read more