Good news for transit advocates: SB85 passed the House! Our friends at Alabama Arise have been actively supporting this bill, and their Executive Director, Kimble Forrister, had this to say about the House vote on February 22nd:

Creating the Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund is an important step forward for public transportation. Today’s House vote for SB 85 brings us closer to the day when our state will finally step up and make a meaningful investment in public transportation so all Alabamians can get where they need to go in a timely manner.

Alabama is one of only five states with no state funding for public transit. That lack of investment makes it harder for thousands of Alabamians, especially seniors and people with disabilities, to meet basic everyday needs like going to the doctor’s office or the grocery store. It also serves as a barrier to economic development, making it harder for people to get to work and costing our state tens of millions of dollars in federal matching funds every year.

This bill does not provide state funding, but it sets the stage for needed investment by creating a landing place for future appropriations to support and expand public transportation across Alabama.

HB224 is pending its third reading in the Senate, so there could be some movement on that bill this week.

HB408 was introduced on February 18th. You can read more in the table below, but essentially the bill would amend the Alabama Lead Reduction Act to add definitions, increase regulations relating to lead hazard reductions, increase the authority of the Department of Public Health to conduct lead inspections and enforce the act, and increase penalties for violations of the act.

HB422 was introduced on February 15th. This bill would provide the procedure for depositing of material from the dredging of the inlets of this state.

There is a hearing this week for SB273 on February 28th @ 2:00 pm.

Bill No. Sponsor Summary Committee Status
HB5 Hanes (R)

Whorton

Amending Ala. Code 40-8-140: provide income tax refund check off to state parks, Dep’t of Mental Health and Medicaid Ways & Means General Fund ·        2/20: passes House
HB40 South (R) Amend Ala. Code 32-9-20: extends length restrictions and allows greater weight restrictions for trucks using natural gas Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure ·        2/15: pending third reading

·        2/8: moves to the Senate referred to committee (Transportation and Energy)

·        2/8: passes in House

HB53 Johnson ® Repeal Ala. Code  22-30B-19: Abolish the Alabama Legacy for Environmental Research Trust Fund

COMPANION BILL SB 122

Ways & Means General Fund ·        2/8: moves to Senate and referred to committee (Finance and Taxation General Fund)

·        2/6: passes in House

HB58 Drake (R) Amend Ala. Code § 9-14-8: Create Park for Patriots Act of 2018. Adds in active, Alabama resident Military & Veterans Affairs ·        2/22: enrolled in House

·        2/15: passes Senate

·        1/25: read for the second time and placed on the calendar

·        1/16: moves to the Senate, referred to committee (Veterans and Military Affairs)

·        1/16: passes in House

HB78 Johnson ® Propose local amendment for Coosa County to additional payments from the Alabama

Trust Fund to the Forever Wild Land Trust to reimburse Coosa County for lost ad valorem tax

payments as a result of the acquisition of property

by the Forever Wild Land Trust.

Local Legislation ·        1/25: third reading, carried over to Call of the Chair (voice vote adopted)
HB113 Johnson (R) Amend Ala. Code 22-25C-1 and 22-25C-2: requires bond paid to be used for clean up of facility and repeals provisions for fees

COMPANION BILL SB48

Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure  
HB217 Morrow (D) Amend Ala. Code 22-22A-6, to change the qualifications of that the Environmental Management Commission of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management so that a geologist may serve as a member of the commission. Boards, Agencies and Commissions  
HB224 South (R) Notification to State Health Officer required when changes made to fluoride levels

COMPANTION BILL SB180

Health ·        2/8: moves to Senate and referred to committee (Health & Human Services)

·        2/8: passes House

HB362 Tuggle ® This bill proposes a constitutional amendment that would require the Forever Wild Land Trust to annually reimburse the amount of ad valorem tax revenue lost as a result of property previously subject to ad valorem tax being acquired by the Forever Wild Land Trust, which monies shall be paid to the county tax official in each county where the property has been acquired and distributed as other ad valorem tax proceeds unless the county opts out. The amount of reimbursement would be the amount as if the property was taxed at current use value of the property as forest property with good productivity. The bill would also provide that if funding for the Forever Wild Land Trust is not continued after September 30, 2032, the Forever Wild Land Stewardship Account would receive up to $1,000,000 from the Alabama Trust Fund annually. State Government ·        2/8: pending 3rd reading, state government introduced amendment
HB370 Davis(R) This bill would further provide for permits for shoreline restoration, including the use of living shoreline techniques, by riparian property owners in coastal areas. The bill would authorize riparian property owners to sever and use materials in their riparian rights use area and for the purposes of shoreline restoration without fee or charge by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or the Department of Environmental Management when the source sediment is used for the construction of living shorelines in front of a property owner’s r’parian property. Agriculture and Forestry  
HB408 Ingram (R) Amend Ala. Code sections 22-37A-2, 22-37A-3, 22-37A-4, 22-37A-5, 22-37A-6, and 22-37A-7: This bill would amend the Alabama Lead Reduction Act to add definitions, increase regulations relating to lead hazard reductions, increase the authority of the Department of Public Health to conduct lead inspections and enforce the act, and increase penalties for violations of the act. Health ·        2/18: introduced in House
HB422 Sessions (R) This bill would provide the procedure for

depositing of material from the dredging of the inlets of this state.

Agriculture & Forestry ·        2/15: introduced in House
SB33 Ward (R) Amend Ala. Code 29-2-270 to 29-2-275: Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy: this bill would revise the membership of the committee, delete the requirement that the committee complete the Alabama Energy Plan, limit the reporting of the committee, delete authorization for the committee to create and staff a Legislative Energy Policy Office, would authorize the committee to form advisory committees as needed. Transportation & Energy ·        2/1: read for the second time and placed on the calendar

·        1/25: Moves to the House, read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure

·        1/23: Passes Senate

SB48 Pittman (R) Amend Ala. Code 22-25C-1 and 22-25C-2: requires bond paid to be used for clean up of facility and repeals provisions for fees.

COMPANION BILL HB113

Finance and Taxation General Fund ·        1/23: moves to House (referred to committee on Ways & Means General Fund)

·        1/23: passes Senate

SB75 Bussman (R) ®er the Sunset Law, provides for the continuance of the Surface Mining Commission until October 1, 2022

SB 134 RELATED

Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development ·        2/1: passes House, assigned Act No.. 2018-74

·        1/25: read for the second time and placed on the calendar

·        1/18: moves to House (referred to committee on Boards, Agencies and Commissions)

·        1/16: passes Senate

SB122 Sanford (R) Repeal Ala. Code  22-30B-19: Abolish the Alabama Legacy for Environmental Research Trust Fund

COMPANION BILL HB53

Finance and Taxation General Fund ·        2/15: pending third reading in the House

·        2/6: moves to the House and referred to committee (Ways & Means General Fund)

·        2/6: passes Senate

SB134 Bussman ® Remove the Surface Mining Commission from the sunset review process

RELATED TO SB75

Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development ·        1/25: read for the second time and placed on the calendar

·        1/18: moves to House (referred to committee on Boards, Agencies and Commissions)

·        1/16: Passes Senate

SB180 Bussman ® Notification to State Health Officer required when changes made to fluoride levels

COMPANION BILL TO HB224

Health and Human Services ·        2/1: moves to House and referred to committee (Health)

·        2/1: passes Senate

SB268 Allen (R) Amend Ala. Code 32-9-20: extends length restrictions and allows greater weight restrictions for trucks using natural gas

COMPANION BILL TO HB40

Transportation and Energy  
SB273 Scofield (R) Amend Ala. Code 22-22A-6, to change the qualifications of that the Environmental Management Commission of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management so that a geologist may serve as a member of the commission.

COMPANION BILL TO HB217

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry  
SB289 Ward (R) Amend Ala. Code 37-8-52 and 37-8-5-3: increase distance to 10 feet in which one can operate tools, machinery, or equipment, or move a building within [six feet] of a high voltage overhead conductor of electricity unless certain safeguards are in place. Transportation and Energy ·        2/15: pending third reading in the Senate
Public Transportation
HB10 Williams (Jack) (R) Alabama Public Transportation Act. Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund, established, ADECA required to administer trust fund; Public Transportation Trust Fund Advisory Committee, created. ADECA must adopt rules, make annual reports, conduct a public transportation needs assessment, enter into contracts, conduct audits and award grants. Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure  
HB25 Pringle (R) Amend Ala. Code 23-1-21 and 23-1-21.2: establish a State Transportation Commission (and requirements and duties thereof) Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure  
HB97 Faulkner (R) Would require transportation network companies to obtain a permit from the PSC, maintain an agent for service of process, implement a nondiscrimination

policy, implement a zero tolerance intoxicating

substance policy, and maintain certain records, collect local assessment fee for each trip.

COMPANION BILL TO SB65

Commerce and Small Business  
HB190 Faulkner (R) Transportation network companies, Public Service Commission permit required to operate, minimum requirements imposed Commerce and Small Business ·        2/15: sent to the Governor (amendment offered)

·        2/8: pending third reading in the Senate and amendment offered

·        1/30: moves to Senate

·        1/30: amendments made by Coleman & Givan and co-sponsors (Garrett, Williams (JD), Fridy, Shiver, Faust, Ainsworth, Pettus, Mooney & Drake) and passes house

SB65 Singleton (D) Would require transportation network companies to obtain a permit from the PSC, maintain an agent for service of process, implement a nondiscrimination

policy, implement a zero tolerance intoxicating

substance policy, and maintain certain records, collect local assessment fee for each trip.

COMPANION BILL TO HB97

IDENTICAL TO SB143

Transportation and Energy No movement on this bill since first read: but, SB143 is co-sponsored with Marsh and is identical
SB85 Smitherman (D) Creates the Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund

*isn’t noted but seems like companion bill to HB10

Transportation and Energy