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2017 Legislative Tracking


Legislation headings in BLACK pertain to K-12 education/K-12 education-related issues.

Legislation headings in BLUE and noted with one * pertain to state employees/state government-related issues.

Legislation headings in GREEN and noted with two ** pertain to K-12 education employees/ K-12 education related issues as well as state employees/state government related issues.

Legislation headings in ORANGE are Resolutions (Simple or Joint) and pertain to K-12 education employees and/or K-12 education-related issues OR state employees and/or state-government related issues.

During Legislative Sessions, this tracking page is updated every Friday. For the most up-to-date information it is best to check on Monday afternoon.

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BillBill DescriptionSponsorCommitteeStatusLast Action DateRelated BillsAmendments
HB0053FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM. Under existing law, a farm to school program for the purchase of unprocessed agricultural products has been adopted, but has not been fully implemented. This bill would specify that federal funds for school nutrition may be used for the purchase of farm products pursuant to federal law and would specify that the exception to the competitive bid process for local boards of education for the purchase of unprocessed agricultural products for school lunchrooms would be based on the federal small purchase threshold.

Rep. Elaine BeechForwarded to GovernorAwaiting Signature5/17/2017
HB0089SCHOOL EMERGENCY WEATHER-RELATED SAFETY NOTIFICATION. This bill would require the Alabama Department of Education to implement an electronic notification system designed to allow local schools to input specific information relating to school delays, early releases, shelter-in-place information, as well as other emergency-related information that is compiled in one central electronic repository that is accessible by the department and the Governor.

Rep. Alan BakerForwarded to GovernorAwaiting Signature5/19/2017
HB0178CHILDREN FIRST TRUST FUND. Under existing law, Children First Trust Fund programs are required to be funded through a separate appropriation in a separate act. This bill would make an appropriation of $37,725,742 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, to the entities and for the purposes designated in Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975. This bill would provide for the deposit of tobacco settlement revenues into the Children First Trust Fund, would require the State Director of Finance to notify each agency in writing of the amount of each agency's anticipated allocation, would require quarterly allocation to each agency, and would condition allocations upon the receipt of tobacco funds. This bill would provide for the transfer to the State General Fund during fiscal year 2018 that portion of Children First Trust Fund receipts currently allocated for the State Board of Education. This bill would make an appropriation of $47,788,069 from other tobacco settlement funds for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. This bill would also make a conditional appropriation and allocation of any additional tobacco revenue on recommendation of the Director of Finance, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee, and approval of the Governor.

Rep. Pebblin WarrenACT 2017-299ENACTED5/16/2017
HB0284AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER - REQUIRED HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. This bill would require a health benefit plan to cover the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder for an insured 18 years of age or under in policies and contracts issued or delivered in the State of Alabama to employers with at least 51 employees for at least 50 percent of its working days during the preceding calendar year. Coverage provided under this section is limited to treatment that is prescribed by the insured's treating licensed physician or licensed psychologist in accordance with a treatment plan. A health benefit plan shall include coverage in policies and contracts that are delivered, executed, issued, amended, adjusted, or renewed in the State of Alabama on or after October 1, 2017. Coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder shall be subject to an annual maximum benefit per insured, per age group as defined in the law. This bill would also require the Alabama Medicaid program and the Children's Health Insurance Plan (ALL Kids), on or after December 21, 2018, to provide coverage and reimbursement for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the same manner and same levels as health benefit plans.

Rep. Jim PattersonACT 2017-337ENACTED5/19/2017
HB0381REQUIRING INFORMATION REGARDING INFLUENZA VACCINES. This bill would require local school systems to provide information on influenza disease and its vaccine to parents and guardians of students whenever other health information is provided.

Rep. Anthony DanielsForwarded to GovernorAwaiting Signature5/17/2017
HB0440ON-SITE RESIDENCIES FOR CHILDREN - REGISTRATION AND REGULATION OF PRIVATE RELIGIOUS OR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS. Under existing law, there is no provision for the state to license or regulate private religious or faith-based facilities, alternative boarding schools, outdoor programs, or residential institutions that house children for counseling, therapeutic, behavioral, or educational purposes when on-site residency is required for periods over 24 hours. This bill would provide for the registration and regulation by the Department of Human Resources of any private religious or faith-based organization that houses children for counseling, therapeutic, behavioral, or educational purposes when on-site residency is required for periods over 24 hours. This bill would require the Department of Human Resources to promulgate rules establishing registration and regulatory requirements. This bill would establish accountability for any child enrolled in or housed at any private religious or faith-based organization that houses children for counseling, therapeutic, behavioral, or educational purposes when on-site residency is required for periods over 24 hours. This bill would establish minimum requirements for operation of any private religious or faith-based organization that houses children for counseling, therapeutic, behavioral, or educational purposes when on-site residency is required for periods over 24 hours. This bill would require an employee, volunteer, or applicant for employment or for a volunteer position at such a facility to undergo a criminal background investigation prior to having unsupervised contact with the children. This bill would establish fees and charges associated with the registration of such facilities. This bill would prohibit the operation of any youth residential facility, institution, or program in the state under this act unless the entity holds a current registration approval from the Department of Human Resources.

Rep. Steve McMillanForwarded to GovernorAwaiting Signature5/17/2017
HB0517LOCAL LEGISLATION - ST. CLAIR COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION. This amendatory bill establishes five single member districts of which board members shall be elected. The St. Clair County Board of Education shall be composed of seven members. One member shall be elected from each of the five single-member districts. The boundaries of the five single-member board of education districts shall be the attendance zones for the following school districts as drawn from time to time by the board: (1) The Ashville-Steele District; (2) The Moody District; (3) The Odenville District; (4) The Ragland-Coal City District; and (5) The Springville District.

Rep. Jim HillACT 2017-306ENACTED5/16/2017
HB0538LOCAL LEGISLATION - PIKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION - BUILDING INSURANCE. This bill would authorize the Pike County Board of Education to insure school buildings and property through the State Insurance Fund or a private insurance company.

Rep. Alan BootheACT 2017-308ENACTED5/16/2017
HB0550* STATE EMPLOYEES – PER DIEM FOR DUES-PAYING MEMBERS OF STATE ORGANIZATIONS. Under existing law, in-state overnight travel per diem is limited to $75 per day unless the person is attending or assisting in hosting a convention, conference, similar, or other meeting of a national organization of which the state is a dues-paying member that is held within the state. This bill would change the exception to include state organizations where the state or individual is a dues-paying member.

Rep. Randy DavisForwarded to GovernorAwaiting Signature5/19/2017
HB0555LOCAL LEGISLATION – PHENIX CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION. This bill authorizes a referendum regarding the election of the Phenix City Board of Education, to provide for the election and operation of the board of education upon approval of the referendum. It would provide for the election of the members of the board in the same manner from the same districts or from the city at-large as the city governing body. The bill would also provide for the school board’s terms of office, qualifications, and compensation of the board members.

Rep. George BandyForwarded to GovernorAwaiting Signature5/19/2017
HJR078HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION - URGING TEACHER ACADEMIC FREEDOM REGARDING SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SUBJECTS. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, that we strongly urge: (a) The State Board of Education, public elementary and secondary school governing authorities, directors of schools, school system administrators, and public elementary and secondary school principals and administrators and teachers should endeavor to create an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that encourages students to explore scientific questions, develop critical thinking skills, analyze the scientific strengths and weaknesses of scientific explanations, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about scientific subjects required to be taught under the curriculum framework developed by the State Board of Education; (b) The State Board of Education, public elementary or secondary school governing authorities, directors of schools, school system administrators, and public elementary or secondary school principals and administrators should refrain from prohibiting any teacher in a public school system of this state from helping students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught within the curriculum framework developed by the State Board of Education. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution is intended to support the teaching of scientific information and shall not be construed to promote any religious or nonreligious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs or non-beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or non-religion.

Rep. Mack ButlerACT 2017-235ENACTED5/9/2017
SB0032CIVICS TEST - PASSAGE REQUIRED FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, as a required component for completing the government course required in the high school course of study, a student shall correctly answer at least 60 of the 100 questions listed on a civics test, which shall be made available in multiple choice format. For the purposes of this section, civics test means the 100 questions that, as of February 1, 2017, officers of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services use as the basis for selecting the questions posed to applications for naturalization. The civics test shall be completed as part of a required course in government. The school shall document on the transcript of the student that he or she has successfully completed the civics test. The local board of education may determine the method and manner in which to administer the civics test to students. A student who does not obtain a passing score on the civics test may retake the test until he or she obtains a passing score. A special education student who is at least 18 years of age is not required to achieve a passing score on the civics test in order to graduate from high school unless he or she is learning at a level appropriate for his or her grade level in a specific academic area and unless a passing score on the civics test is specifically required in a specific academic area by the individualized education program of the student. The enforcement of this section shall comply with Section 16-1-11.1, Code of Alabama 1975. The requirements of this section may be waived by the chief school administrator for good cause for any student in the graduating class. Having taken and failed the civics test two times and otherwise having a passing grade in the course in government shall be considered good cause.

Sen. Arthur OrrACT 2017-173ENACTED4/25/2017
SB0060** LOCAL EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT - ALABAMA MEMORIAL PRESERVATION ACT OF 2017. This bill creates the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017. This bill also prohibits the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street, or monument located on public property which has been in place for 40 or more years. It does provide a mechanism for the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street, or monument located on public property which has been in place for at least 20 years and less than 40 years, as well as a mechanism for the renaming of a memorial school which is located on public property and has been so situated for 20 or more years. This bill further prohibits any person from preventing the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the monuments, memorial streets, architecturally significant buildings, and memorial buildings from taking proper measures to protect, preserve, care for, repair, or restore the monuments, streets, or buildings. A Committee on Alabama Monument Protection is also created and will be authorized to grant waivers and provide for the levy of fines for violations of the waiver process. The bill exempts certain art and artifacts, the Department of Transportation, local governments, universities, and utilities under certain limited circumstances.

Sen. Gerald AllenForwarded to GovernorAwaiting Signature5/19/2017
SB0062SHELBY COUNTY [C/A] - ELECTIONS FOR COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND LOCAL SUPERINTENDENT. This bill would propose an amendment to the Alabama Constitution to require that the members of the Shelby County Board of Education and the Shelby County Superintendent of Education be elected by the qualified electors of the county who reside outside of the corporate limits of any city located within the county that has a separate city board of education.

Sen. Jim McClendonACT 2017-151ENACTED4/18/2017
SB0063USE OF SUNSCREEN AT SCHOOL. This bill would specify that a student may use sunscreen at school without compliance with rules of the State Department of Education or State Board of Nursing. Any student, parent, or guardian requesting a school board employee to apply sunscreen to a student shall present to the nurse a Parent Prescriber Authorization Form(PPA) containing a parent or guardian signature. A physician signature or physician order shall not be required.

Sen. Jim McClendonACT 2017-278ENACTED5/16/2017
SB0121LOCAL LEGISLATION - LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION. Upon passage of a resolution by the majority of members of the Lowndes County Board of Education, compensation will be set in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per month. The compensation provided by this section effective on the first of the month following passage of the resolution by the board.

Sen. Hank SandersACT 2017-68ENACTED3/14/2017
SB0129ETF BUDGET - FY '2018. This bill makes appropriations for the support, maintenance and development of public education in Alabama, for debt service, and for capital outlay for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

Sen. Arthur OrrACT 2017-335ENACTED5/19/2017Spreadsheet
SB0136SALES TAX HOLIDAY - SCHOOL ITEMS. Under current law, the school items annual sales tax holiday is held during the period from 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August of each year and ending at 12 midnight the following Sunday. This bill changes the annual school items sales tax holiday to the third weekend in July to be conducive with school year start dates.

Sen. Tim MelsonACT 2017-120ENACTED3/30/2017
SB0203SCHOOL ACCESS – MILITARY RECRUITERS. Under existing law, city and county public school systems and institutions of higher education and all divisions of these institutions are required to allow reasonable access of facilities to official recruiting representatives of branches of the United States Armed Forces. This bill would clarify the degree of access to be afforded to military recruiters of the United States Armed Forces and all access to the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Sen. Bill HoltzclawACT 2017-259ENACTED5/11/2017
SB0219OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. Under existing law, there is an Information Services Division in the Department of Finance. This bill would transfer the division to the Office of Information Technology and provide further for the authority of the Office of Information Technology. This bill would also exempt the State Department of Education from being under the auspice of the Office of Information Technology as well as the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Sen. Phil WilliamsACT 2017-282ENACTED5/9/2017
SB0374LOCAL LEGISLATION - LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION. Upon passage of a resolution by the majority of members of the Lowndes County Board of Education, compensation will be set in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per month. The compensation provided by this section effective on the first of the month following passage of the resolution by the board.

Sen. Hank SandersForwarded to GovernorAwaiting Signature5/17/2017
SJR008SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION - URGING SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT HEALTH IMPACT OF HEAVY BACKPACKS AND TO TAKE PROACTIVE MEASURES TO AVOID INJURY. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we strongly recommend that all school administrators, teachers, parents, and students be educated about the potential health impact of heavy backpacks and take proactive measures to avoid injury. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That schools should work with their parent teacher organizations to assess the extent to which students use overweight backpacks and to promote innovative homework strategies, lessening the need to take all school materials and books back and forth each day. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That schools should consider the following points when developing their backpack education talking points: (1) Backpacks should weigh no more than a maximum of 10 percent of a child's body weight. (2) Encourage ergonomic backpacks with individualized compartments to efficiently hold books and equipment. (3) Encourage children to wear both shoulder straps and not sling the backpack over one shoulder. (4) Encourage wide, padded adjustable straps that fit a child's body. (5) Encourage the heaviest books be left at school and handouts or workbooks be used for homework assignments. (6) Schools should consider moving toward e-textbooks as federal and state funding becomes available. (7) Schools should consider integrated education about backpacks by using a hanging scale in the classroom, allowing students to weigh their backpack and enter the results into a graph that would track the weights, and then look at the data to determine what may be done to lighten loads. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared and presented to the State Superintendent of Education and the members of the State Board of Education.

Sen. Gerald DialACT 2017-19ENACTED2/28/2017
SJR052SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION - EXTENDING EXISTENCE OF JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET REFORM TASKFORCE. WHEREAS, task force members should be commended for their efforts to formulate meaningful budget reform and should be afforded additional time to complete their research and finalize recommendations to the Legislature; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING that, with appreciation, the members of the Joint Legislative Task Force are hereby commended for their diligent service to this state through their efforts to reform the budget process. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the task force shall meet monthly and shall report its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Legislature not later than the fifth legislative day of the 2018 Regular Session, whereupon the task force shall stand dissolved and discharged of any further duties and liabilities."

Sen. Del MarshACT 2017-52ENACTED3/14/2017
SJR086SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION – ESTABLISHING THE ALABAMA REGIONAL IN-SERVICE ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS COMMITTEE. WHEREAS, it is desirable that partnerships between the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), the Alabama Regional In-service Centers (ARIC), the host universities, and the local school districts are functioning as a true partnership; and WHEREAS, it is the intent of all concerned to maintain a high level of integrity, effectiveness, and enthusiasm for all stakeholders and to assure that the programs and initiatives provided through all the ARIC programs are of highest quality; and WHEREAS, it is the desire of all concerned to enhance and assure the confidences in the ALSDE, the ARIC, the presently established ARIC governing boards, the host universities, and the local school districts; and WHEREAS, it is well understood that the effectiveness and accountability of any program or initiative should involve all stakeholders by working cooperatively in the decision making processes; and WHEREAS, there have been several discussions concerning the accountability of programs and initiatives by all stakeholders; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING that the ARIC Accountability Standards Committee, as authorized by the Alabama Legislature in Act 87-714, is created to revise the existing ARIC Accountability Standards. The committee is chaired by the director and principal investigator of the program of The University of North Alabama. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the ARIC Accountability Standards Committee is authorized by the Alabama Legislature to establish Accountability Standards for the Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM) and for the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI). BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that members of the ARIC Accountability Standards Committee shall be as follows: (1) One member of the Senate, appointed by the President Pro Tempore; (2) Two members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker; (3) A former member of the South Alabama Research and In-service Center, appointed by the Governor. (4) Three members of the State Board of Education, appointed by the board; (5) Three Directors of the ARIC; (6) Four members appointed by the State Department of Education; (7) Eight members appointed by the ARIC Governing Board Members, to include two superintendents and six classroom teachers; (8) One member appointed by the Alabama Education Association, and (9) One member appointed by the Alabama School Board Association. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the appointing authorities shall coordinate their appointments to assure committee membership is inclusive and reflects the racial, gender, geographic, urban, rural, and economic diversity of the state. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the AISM Accountability Standards Committee shall include the ARIC Accountability Standards Committee in addition to three ASIM specialists and three ASIM classroom teachers. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the AMSTI Accountability Standards Committee shall include the ARIC Accountability Standards Committee in addition to three AMSTI directors, three AMSTI specialists, and three AMSTI classroom teachers. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committees shall meet from time to time as needed, with the first meeting being held as a joint committee with all three committees attending for the purpose of organization on June 12, 2017.

Sen. Jimmy HolleyACT 2017-218ENACTED5/4/2017