Report Ending February 2nd
The House and Senate met for the 7th and 8th legislative days this week. A number of bills are making their way through the chambers, but so far the budgets have not begun to move. That may change as early as next week.
The House this week passed a bill to have ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft regulated by the PSC, which would open those services to the entire state. Currently they are approved on a city by city basis. A similar bill has passed the Senate, so it is expected that one of those bills will clear both chambers this session and make it to the Governor’s desk. The House also passed bills to regulate church day cares in the state and to require a safety course for youth athletic coaches.
The Senate worked on special order calendars Tuesday and Thursday that involved mostly non-controversial bills. One bill that passed of note was by Sen. Clay Scofield. It would expand rural broadband through tax credits to companies that invest in providing access.
First readings for this week are attached, and there are a number of new bills that may be of interest to AWWI. Sen. Tom Whatley introduced a bill this week (SB 258) to require commercial food service establishments with grease traps to provide locking manhole covers or otherwise secure the covers against unauthorized access. According to the bill, the Department of Public Health would be charged with adopting rules for the implementation and administration of the act. This bill is on the Health Committee agenda for Wednesday.
BILLLS WE ARE FOLLOWING:
Sales Tax Exemption Certificate Legislation – HB 35, by Rep. Danny Crawford, is on the special order calendar in the House on Tuesday. Please make calls or contacts about this bill before Tuesday, when members are expected to vote on final passage in the House of Representatives.
Fluoridation Bills –SB 180 & HB 224 require a public water system to notify the State Health Officer before initiating any permanent change in the fluoridation status of its water supply. SB 180 passed the Senate this week and is on the agenda for the House Health Committee for next week.
Biosolids Bill – HB 183 by Rep. Hanes has passed the House and is now in the Senate. Although this is a local constitutional amendment that would only apply to Jackson County, these types of bills can set a bad precedent. If you are opposed to this bill, I would encourage you to write to Senator Livingston from Jackson County and let him know of your concerns. Correspondence can be sent to:
Sen. Steve Livingston
Alabama State Senate
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