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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
HB0006** LOTTERY [C/A] - This is a proposed Constitutional Amendment allowing the Legislature to provide for a statewide lottery with the proceeds to be applied as follows: First, for the payment of the expenses administering and operating the lottery including, without limitation, the payment of all prizes, and then without any further appropriation required by law, the balance shall be deposited 61.5% to the State General Fund and 38.5% to the Education Trust Fund.

Rep. Alan HarperHouse Economic Development and TourismIntroduced2/7/2017
HB0009ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION - STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS PLAY RULE. This bill would require the Alabama High School Athletic Association to adopt a rule to allow its public school members to compete only against each other for state championships, and its nonpublic school members to compete only against each other for state championships.

Rep. Ritchie WhortonHouse Education PolicyIntroduced2/7/2017
HB0010ALABAMA LOTTERY - COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS [C/A] - This bill proposes an amendment to Constitution of Alabama to establish an Alabama Lottery to fund scholarships and to create an Alabama Lottery Corporation to implement and to regulate the operation of the lottery. Net proceeds from the lottery would be dedicated to the Lottery Trust Fund for scholarships for students to attend a public two-year college or four-year college located in Alabama. It would also authorize the Legislature to pass general laws to implement the amendment.

Rep. Craig FordHouse Economic Development and TourismIntroduced2/7/2017
HB0011ALABAMA LOTTERY - PARI MUTUEL WAGERING/RACE TRACKS - COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS [C/A] - This bill proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of allow the four existing race tracks in Alabama where pari-mutuel wagering is currently legal, to levy a state and local gross receipts tax on the gaming revenue of the entities and levy a state tax on the vendors of the gaming equipment. It also would authorize the Governor of Alabama to negotiate a gaming compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Additionally, it will allow for the creation of the Alabama Lottery Corporation, establishment of a Lottery Trust Fund and would dedicate the net proceeds from that Trust Fund for scholarships for students to attend a public two-year college or four-year college located in Alabama. It would also authorize the Legislature to pass general laws to implement the amendment.

Rep. Craig FordHouse Economic Development and TourismIntroduced2/7/2017
HB0020PUBLIC EDUCATION EMPLOYEES HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (PEEHIP) - ALLOW PEEHIP BOARD TO INCREASE COSTS OR REDUCE COVERAGE. This bill would require the certification by PEEHIP to be the amount necessary to fund PEEHIP at the same level of benefits, deductibles and co-pays, and fees, surcharges, and premiums as the current fiscal year and would provide that PEEHIP could only establish or increase co-pays or deductibles, impose new fees, surcharges, or premiums, increase existing fees, surcharges, or premiums, or reduce coverage if the Legislature failed to appropriate the amount certified.

Comments: Under existing law, the PEEHIP Board, on or before each January 1, is required to certify to the Governor and Legislature the amounts necessary to fund coverage for benefits under PEEHIP for active and retired employees for the ensuing fiscal year as a monthly premium for each active member. The Legislature is required to set the premium rate in the annual appropriation (ETF Budget) bill. Also under existing law, PEEHIP has the authority to establish or change deductibles and co-pays, impose new or increase existing fees, surcharges, and premiums, and determine the particular benefits covered.

Rep. Tommy HanesHouse State GovernmentIntroduced2/7/2017
HB0023** EDUCATION EMPLOYEES AND STATE EMPLOYEES - DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLANS. Currently, income from contribution deferred compensation plans is taxable as state income. This bill would provide that the first 90 percent of such annual income is exempt. The exemption would be phased in over a five-year period.

Rep. Lynn GreerHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced2/7/2017
HB0035TRS - RETIREES LUMP SUM PAYMENT. This bill would provide a funded one-time lump sum payment for FY 2017-2018 to be calculated at $2/month for each year of service attained by the retiree or $300 (whichever is greater) for retirees and beneficiaries receiving monthly benefits from the Teachers' Retirement System whose effective date of retirement is PRIOR TO October 1, 2016 AND who is receiving or is entitled to receive a monthly allowance from the TRS on September 30, 2017.

Rep. Craig FordHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced2/7/2017SB0003
HB0052LIMIT ANNUAL COMPENSATION - HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC COACH. This bill would limit the total annual compensation paid by a local board of education to a high school athletic coach to 75% of the total annual compensation paid to the high school principal.

Rep. Craig FordHouse Education PolicyIntroduced2/7/2017
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 BeechSenate Agriculture, Conservation and ForestryFavorable Report from Senate Committee2/23/2017
HB0071WARRANTLESS ARRESTS - EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. Under existing law, a law enforcement officer may arrest a person without a warrant in various specified instances. This bill would authorize a law enforcement officer to arrest a person without a warrant under certain conditions for trespassing on the property of an educational institution.

Rep. Bill PooleSenate JudiciaryFavorable Report from Senate Committee3/15/2017
HB0078LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS - BOND FINANCING REVIEW. This bill would require each municipality or a local school board to complete a bond financing review form developed by the Office of Examiners of Public Accounts when executing a bond financing agreement acknowledging that the municipality or local school board has considered the relevant factors important to the decision of entering into bonded indebtedness. This bill would also require that the form be submitted to the Office of Examiners of Public Accounts and made available for public inspection.

Rep. Chris SellsHouse County and Municipal GovernmentFavorable Report as AMENDED in House Committee3/15/2017House Committee AMD
HB0089SCHOOL WEATHER 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 BakerSenate Education and Youth Affairs CommitteeFavorable Report from Senate Committee3/9/2017
HB0097ALABAMA NETWORK OF STATEWIDE WORKFORCE AND EDUCATION-RELATED STATISTICS (ANSWERS) - LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEM. This bill would establish the Alabama Network of Statewide Workforce and Education-Related Statistics (ANSWERS) for Alabama, a data system to be developed, operated, and maintained by the Alabama Office of Education and Workforce Statistics within the Department of Labor. This bill would also establish an advisory board to the Office of Education and Workforce Statistics to oversee the development and operation of the system and to establish the research agenda of the office.

Rep. Terri CollinsHouse Education PolicyFavorable Report as AMENDED in House Committee2/16/2017SB0153House Committee AMD
HB0099** LOCAL EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT - ALABAMA MEMORIAL PRESERVATION ACT OF 2017. This bill would create the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017. It would prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of monuments located on public property, and prohibit any person from preventing the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the monuments from taking proper measures to protect, preserve, care for, repair, or restore the monuments. This bill would also restrict the renaming of a school, street, bridge, building, park, preserve, or reserve which is located on public property and would restrict the renaming of a municipality or county in Alabama.

Rep. Kyle SouthHouse State GovernmentIntroduced2/7/2017SB0060
HB0147USE 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.

Rep. Ron JohnsonSenate Education and Youth AffairsFavorable Report from Senate Committee4/13/2017SB0063
HB0171ETF 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.

Comments: This is the House Companion to SB 129. The budget starts in the Senate this year and that is the bill that will be moving through the legislative process.

Rep. Bill PooleHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced2/9/2017SB0129
HB0177** EDUCATION EMPLOYEES AND STATE EMPLOYEES - HEALTH INSURANCE - CREATION OF SINGLE BOARD. Under existing law, the State Employees' Health Insurance Plan and the Public Education Employees' Health Insurance Plan are governed by the State Employees' Insurance Board (SEIB) and the Public Education Employees' Health Insurance Board (PEEHIB), respectively. This bill would create a new board, titled the Public Employees' Health Insurance Board (PEHIB), to govern these two health insurance plans. This bill would provide for the membership of the board, election and qualifications of certain members, and terms for appointed and elected members.

Rep. Phillip PettusHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced2/9/2017
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 WarrenSenate Finance and Taxation General FundPASSED HOUSE - Assigned to Senate Committee3/15/2017SB0147
HB0198SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION - ADVANCEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY FUND. This bill makes a supplemental appropriation from the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund to the public institutions of higher education in the amount of $15,089,140 and to the Department of Education in the amount of $41,297,782 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 (FY '2017).

Rep. Bill PooleHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced2/14/2017SB0307
HB0204CRIMINAL ASSAULT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. This bill would make assault in the third degree a Class D felony if the assault is committed by a person 21 years of age or older against a person who is less than years of age and at the time of the assault is located on school property, including on a school bus or at a school-sponsored event or function.

Rep. Merika ColemanHouse JudiciaryIntroduced2/14/2017
HB0217EXCUSED SCHOOL ABSENCES. Under existing law, students enrolled in public K-12 schools are granted a limited number of excused absences each school year for sickness and other extraordinary circumstances. This bill would specify that for students enrolled in grades 6 to 12, inclusive, absence from school for the purpose of sounding Taps at a military honors funeral held in the state is an excused absence.

Comments: The House committee amendment added language excusing a student who pages or interns at the Alabama Legislature or other state or local governmental body or entity.

Rep. Mack ButlerHouse Education PolicyFavorable Report as AMENDED in House Committee2/23/2017House Committee AMD
HB0225TEACHER CERTIFICATION REVOCATION – NOTIFY SCHOOL SYSTEM OF FELONY CONVICTIONS. Under existing law, the State Superintendent of Education must revoke the teaching certificate of any person convicted of certain felony crimes, including rape, murder, kidnapping, robbery, and other violent and sex crimes. This bill would require the State Superintendent of Education to compile a list of teachers who hold teaching certificates in the state and transmit the list to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. This bill would require the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center to notify the State Superintendent of Education of any teachers on the list who have been convicted of a felony and require the superintendent to notify any school district that employs a teacher who has been convicted of a felony of the teacher's conviction.

Rep. John RogersHouse Education PolicyIntroduced2/14/2017
HB0226** LOCAL EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT – OBSERVATION OF STATE HOLIDAY. Under existing law, Robert E. Lee's birthday is an enumerated legal public holiday observed on the third Monday in January. This bill would specify that Robert E. Lee's birthday would be observed on the fourth Monday in April.

Rep. John RogersHouse State GovernmentIntroduced2/14/2017
HB0245CHARTER SCHOOLS – ALABAMA SCHOOL CHOICE AND STUDENT OPPORTUNITY ACT AMENDMENTS. Under current law, the 10 members of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission are currently appointed by the State Board of Education from a list of nominees recommended by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives. This bill would remove the State Board of Education as the appointing authority and as the terms of the current commission members expire, the appointing authorities would reside with the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This bill would also authorize the commission to employ necessary staff. Under existing law, a public charter school may be authorized only by a local school board or the Alabama Public Charter School Commission. This bill would require the State Department of Education to annually publish a list of registered local authorizers and would allow an applicant to apply directly to the commission if a particular school system is not listed. This bill would provide further for deadlines on the statewide timeline for local authorizer applications. This bill would also permit authorizers to encourage proposals that include a specific academic approach or theme. This bill would increase the length of time during which an authorizer and the governing board of an approved public charter school are required to execute a charter contract from 60 to 120 days. This bill would also revise provisions relating to operational funding of public charter schools and would require the forwarding of certain state funds by the department to the public charter school on a monthly basis in lieu of a quarterly basis.

Rep. Terri CollinsHouse Education PolicyIntroduced2/16/2017SB0300
HB0252COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS – TRAVEL EXPENSES. Under existing law, county superintendents of education are required to devote their entire time to the office and the travel expenses. For certain county superintendents of education, those expenses are limited to $600 annually. This bill would remove the prohibition against a county superintendent of education having additional employment and would remove the limit on annual travel expenses for certain county superintendents of education.

Rep. Danny CrawfordSenate CommitteePASSED HOUSE. Awaiting Senate Committee Assignment4/4/2017
HB0253DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING CHILDREN - LEAD K. This bill would require the State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services in consultation with the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind to jointly select language developmental milestones from existing standardized norms for purposes of developing a resource for use by parents to monitor and track deaf and hard-of-hearing children's expressive and receptive language acquisition and developmental stages toward English literacy. This bill would establish and provide for the membership of an advisory committee. This bill would require the departments to select existing tools or assessments for educators to use in assessing the language and literacy development of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. This bill would also require the departments to jointly produce a report that is specific to language and literacy development of deaf and hard-of-hearing children from birth to five years of age, inclusive, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing and have other disabilities, relative to their peers who are not deaf or hard of hearing.

Rep. Margie WilcoxHouse Education PolicyIntroduced2/16/2017
HB0270OFFICE 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. It would also exempt the State Department of Education from being under the auspice of the Office of Information Technology.

Rep. Donnie ChesteenHouse Technology and ResearchFavorable Report as SUBSTITUTED in House Committee3/2/2017SB0219
HB0275MILITARY RECRUITERS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES. 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.

Rep. Dickie DrakeHouse Military and Veterans AffairsFavorable Report from House Committee3/15/2017
HB0284AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER - REQUIRED HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. Under existing law, a health benefit plan is required to offer coverage for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder for a child age nine or under for certain defined group insurance plans and contracts. This bill would require health benefit plans to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder for all insureds under certain insurance plans and contracts. This bill would also require the Department of Insurance to file an annual report with the Legislature on the costs of providing treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Rep. Jim PattersonHouse InsurancePASSED HOUSE. Awaiting Senate Committee assignment4/20/2017
HB0295* STATE EMPLOYEES – EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM BOARD OF CONTROL. This bill would revise the membership of the Board of Control of the Employees' Retirement System of Alabama.

Rep. Connie RoweHouse Ways and Means General FundIntroduced2/23/2017SB0217
HB0307PARENT FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT – EDUCATION OF A CHILD [C/A] - This bill would propose an amendment to the Alabama Constitution to provide that every parent has a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, care, and custody of his or her children.

Rep. Matt FridyHouse JudiciaryIntroduced2/23/2017
HB0317COVINGTON COUNTY - ELECTIONS FOR COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION. This bill states that commencing with the next term of office, each member of the Covington County Board of Education, at the time of qualifying for office and during the entire term of office, shall reside within that portion of the county lying outside of the corporate limits of any city in the county served by a separate city board of education, and shall be elected by the qualified electors who reside within that portion of the county.

Rep. Mike JonesACT 2017-84ENACTED3/30/2017
HB0342* STATE EMPLOYEES - RETIREES LUMP SUM PAYMENT. This bill would provide a funded one-time lump sum payment for FY 2017-2018 to be calculated at $2/month for each year of service attained by the retiree or $300 (whichever is greater) for retirees and beneficiaries receiving monthly benefits from the Employees' Retirement System whose effective date of retirement is PRIOR TO May 1, 2017 AND who is receiving or is entitled to receive a monthly allowance from the ERS on November 30, 2017.

Rep. Steve McMillanHouse State GovernmentFavorable Report as AMENDED in House Committee4/13/2017SB0269
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HB0350COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS TO BE APPOINTED. Under existing law, a county superintendent of education may be elected if authorized under a local law or amendment to the Alabama Constitution. This bill would require all county superintendents to be appointed by the county board of education, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution of Alabama. The provisions of this law shall apply at the expiration of the term of office of any elected county superintendent of education or upon a vacancy occurring in the office of an elected county superintendent of education occurring before the expiration of his or her term of office and after January 1, 2021.

Rep. Steve McMillanHouse Education PolicyIntroduced3/2/2017SB0267
HB0356** EDUCATION EMPLOYEES - OPTION #5 - STATE EMPLOYEES – PARTIAL LUMPSUM [RETIREMENT] OPTION PLAN. This bill would create an additional option for certain retirees of the Teachers' Retirement System and the Employees' Retirement System to elect to receive a lump-sum cash payment equal to and in lieu of a portion of his or her retirement allowance, not to exceed 50 percent. It also established the Alabama Pension Authority to issues bonds to fund the PLOP to be repaid based on the savings accrued from the decreased annual required contribution obligations of the state to the TRS and the ERS.

Rep. Jim PattersonHouse Ways & Means EducationFavorable Report as SUBSTITUTED and AMENDED in House Committee4/6/2017SB0321House Committee AMD
HB0370ALABAMA RELEASED TIME ACT. This bill would establish the Alabama Released Time Act to authorize each local board of education to adopt a policy that authorizes a high school student to be excused from school to attend a class in religious instruction conducted by a private entity.

Rep. Kerry RichHouse Education PolicyIntroduced3/7/2017
HB0371ELECTED STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION [C/A]. This is a proposed amendment to Constitution of Alabama for the position of the State Superintendent of Education to be ELECTED by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and in the same manner as provided for the election of other elected state officers in the year 2020 and every fourth year thereafter. The salary for the position of State Superintendent of Education would be set by the Governor in an amount not less than the current salary of the State Superintendent of Education as of November 1, 2017. The bill does not affect the State Board of Education.

Rep. Randall SheddHouse Education PolicyIntroduced3/7/2017
HB0373PORTABLE MEDICAL ORDERS FOR MINORS. This bill would be known as the Alex Hoover Act. Under existing law, an adult may execute an advance directive for health care. This bill would provide for portable medical orders to be created by the parent or guardian of a minor with a chronic or terminal illness, in consultation with the minor's treating physician, to guide health care professionals in medical treatment and guide others outside the medical community in allowing the minor to participate in school and other activities, in accordance with the wishes of the minor and his or her parents or guardians. This bill will provide civil and criminal immunity to individuals, health care providers, health care facilities, schools, organizations, and other entities who undertake to follow the directives of a portable medical order in good faith. This bill would also define terms and provide procedures for executing portable medical orders.

Rep. April WeaverHouse HealthFavorable Report as SUBSTITUTED in House Committee3/15/2017
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 DanielsSenate Health CommitteeAssingned to Senate Committee 4/20/2017SB0278
HB0384NOTICE REQUIREMENT BEFORE TERMINATING TEACHING CONTRACT. Under existing law, a tenured K-12 or postsecondary education employee may not terminate his or her employment within the 30 calendar days prior to the beginning of a school term and is required to provide five days written notice at any other time. This bill would provide that the law applies to all K-12 teachers and would increase the time frame required for a teacher to give notice before terminating his or her employment at any other time of the year from five to 30 days. This bill would also delete the requirements for postsecondary education employees.

Rep. Bob FincherHouse Education PolicyFavorable Report from House Committee4/11/2017SB0288
HB0404AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER - APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA) INTERVENTION. Under this law, the Department of Mental Health shall have the duties, responsibilities, functions, powers, and authority set forth in this act and as otherwise provided by law, and shall be responsible for the administration and provision of ABA Intervention, as well as the performance and exercise of the duties, responsibilities, functions, powers. The State Department of Education, the Department of Early Childhood Education and other educational entities shall identify children, ages birth through 9 years of age, who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and refer those children to the Department of Mental Health for ABA therapy.

Rep. Jack WilliamsHouse Ways and Means General FundIntroduced3/14/2017SB0057
HB0406CITY AND COUNTY SCHOOL BOARDS – COMPETITIVE BIDS. Under existing law, public works contracts by city and county boards of education are not subject to the state competitive bid law. This bill would provide that a county or city school board which lets a public works contract which is less than fifty thousand dollars($50,000) or less shall not be required to submit a report regarding the contract to any agency of the state except for verification that the contract is less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) if the contract is required to be completed within 24 months from the date of the letting of the contract and the winning bidder is required, where possible, to employ individuals to perform the actual construction of the project who reside in the county where the project is located.

Rep. Phil WilliamsHouse State GovernmentIntroduced3/14/2017
HB0409IN-SERVICE TRAINING ABOUT INAPPROPRIATE STUDENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS. This bill would require annual in-service training provided to teachers in the public K-12 schools to include instruction on recognizing and avoiding conduct and behavior that is considered inappropriate in the student-teacher relationship. This bill would also require the State Board of Education to enter into contracts with private organizations, pursuant to a competitive bidding process, to provide training.

Rep. Mack ButlerHouse Education PolicyIntroduced3/14/2017
HB0410CARRYING OF FIREARMS ON K-12 SCHOOL PREMISES - LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD POLICY. Under existing law, a person may not knowingly or openly possess or carry a firearm in certain places or without the express permission of a person or entity with authority over the premises. This bill would authorize certain persons to carry a firearm in a government building if access is not restricted or screened by security personnel and would provide for the carrying of firearms in places of worship under certain conditions. This bill would allow local boards of education to adopt policies providing for the carrying of firearms by selected school personnel on school property, at school functions, and on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school. This bill would also allow school personnel to store firearms in designated parking areas on the premises of a school under certain conditions. This bill would allow a concealed pistol permit holder to carry a concealed pistol upon his or her person while the permit holder is on the campus of a public institution of higher education or a private institution of higher education, would authorize the institutions of higher education to adopt limited policies restricting the carrying of firearms under limited conditions, and would provide criminal penalties for violations. This bill would also require a business entity who refuses to allow a person to carry a firearm on the business premises to adopt a policy providing for the protection of invitees and would provide that the business entity would be liable for certain damages to invitees if a policy is not adopted or if the business entity fails to comply with the protection policy. This bill would also repeal sections of the Code of Alabama 1975, which are inconsistent with the provisions of the bill.

Rep. Mack ButlerHouse Public Safety and Homeland SecurityIntroduced3/14/2017
HB0432EDUCATION EMPLOYEES AND STATE EMPLOYEES - 5% SURCHARGE ON RETIREE EMPLOYEE/EMPLOYER- This bill would authorize a five percent surcharge on a retired person and a five percent surcharge on the employer of the retired person, such surcharge being based on the annual gross compensation of the retired person and distributed to the Retirement Systems of Alabama, when the person is retired under the Employees' Retirement System or the Teachers' Retirement System and receives compensation for duties performed in any capacity, including as an independent contractor, for an employer participating in the Employees' Retirement System or the Teachers' Retirement System, without suspension of the retirement allowance of the person. This bill would require disclosure of the surcharge be provided to the retired person under certain conditions and would specify that the surcharge is nonrefundable and will not be credited to the retiree.

Rep. Jim PattersonHouse State GovernmentIntroduced3/16/2017
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 McMillanHouse Children and Senior AdvocacyIntroduced4/4/2017
HB0444CITY BOARDS OF EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES. Under existing law, the costs related to furnishing and maintaining an administrative office of a city board of education are funded by local and state funds. This bill would provide that all costs related to the administrative office of a city board of education must be funded by the city and may not be funded by any state funds.

Rep. Corey HarbisonHouse County and Municipal GovernmentIntroduced4/4/2017
HB0463CHARTER SCHOOLS - SAME RULES AND REGS AS NON-CHARTER SCHOOLS. Under existing law, charter schools organized pursuant to the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act are not required to comply with state or local laws, rules, regulations, policies, or procedures relating to non-charter public schools. This bill would subject charter schools to the same state and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that non-charter public schools are subject.

Rep. Ralph HowardHouse Education PolicyIntroduced4/4/2017
HB0471LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS – HVAC PURCHASES. Under existing law, all portions of a public works project are required to be bid and otherwise comply with the public works law. This bill would allow for certain exceptions for contracting for the purchase and installation of heating or air conditioning units or systems for county, municipal, and local school board entities when the purchase and installation of the units or systems have been competitively bid pursuant to the purchasing cooperative sponsored by the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities or their successor organizations and the bid process has been approved by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts.

Rep. David StandridgeHouse County and Municipal GovernmentFavorable Report from House Committee4/11/2017
HB0483“IN GOD WE TRUST” MOTTO DISPLAY. This bill would authorize the display of the national motto "In God We Trust" in or on any public building or public school in the state.

Rep. Arnold MooneyHouse State GovernmentIntroduced4/6/2017SB0380
HB0486** LOCAL EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT– DISPLAY OF TEN COMMANDMENTS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR PROPERTY OWNED BY THE STATE [C/A].. This bill proposes an amendment to the Alabama Constitution which would provide that property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments and that the right to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body is not restrained or abridged. This bill would also provide that every person would be at liberty to worship according to his or her own conscience; and that no person would be compelled to attend or support a place of worship or a minister. This bill would also provide that the civil and political rights, privileges, and capacities of no person may be diminished or enlarged on account of his or her religious beliefs. This bill would prohibit the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment.

Rep. Arnold MooneyHouse Constitution Campaigns and ElectionsIntroduced4/6/2017SB0139
HB0493SCHOOL EMPLOYEE SEXUAL OFFENSE – PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. Under existing law, the Students First Act of 2011 provides due process procedures for the discipline and termination of employment of public K-12 teachers and employees. This bill would repeal an earlier provision of law that provides conflicting procedures for school employees charged with certain sexual crimes against students.

Rep. Alan BakerHouse Education PolicyFavorable Report from House Committee4/20/2017SB0354
HB0505SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION CURRICULUM. Under existing law, there are certain minimum contents that are included in sexual health education programs and curricula. This bill would revise the curriculum of sexual health education in public schools to comport with current data, science, and current law.

Rep. Patricia ToddHouse Education PolicyIntroduced4/13/2017
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 HillHouse Local LegislationIntroduced4/18/2017
HB0532** EDUCATION EMPLOYEES AND STATE EMPLOYEES - DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN (DROP) RE-OPENED. Existing law provides for the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), which contractually allows a member of the Employees' Retirement System (ERS) or the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) to continue employment with his or her employer for a specific period of time, while deferring a portion of his or her retirement allowance until the end of the participation period, at which time the member withdraws from his or her service. Existing law provides that participation in DROP is prohibited after March 24, 2011. This bill would reopen participation in the DROP program and would further provide options for Tier I and Tier II members to participate in DROP.

Rep. Tommy HanesHouse Ways and Means General FundIntroduced4/18/2017SB0381
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 BootheHouse Local LegislationIntroduced4/20/2017
HB0549TRADITIONAL WINTER CELEBRATION GREETINGS. Existing law does not expressly allow a school district to educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations. This bill would allow each school district to educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations.

Rep. Mack ButlerHouse Education PolicyIntroduced4/20/2017
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 DavisHouse State GovernmentIntroduced4/20/2017
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 ButlerSenate RulesHouse adopted - forwarded to Senate Committee4/6/2017
HJR388HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION - ESTABLISHING GOALS FOR IMPROVING EDUCATION IN ALABAMA BY THE YEAR 2021. WHEREAS, the best foundation for a healthy state economy is a well-balanced, coordinated, and appropriate system of education; and WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon and the responsibility of the Governor, Legislature, Secretary of the Department of Early Childhood Education, State Superintendent of Education, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, and the presidents of the public institutions of higher education in the state to coordinate efforts in enacting effective statutory law and promulgating effective administrative rule with the goal of improving the quality of education in Alabama; and WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon and the responsibility of each local board of education, local superintendent of education, principal, administrator, teacher, and public education employee to assist in implementing measures and goals adopted at the state level; and WHEREAS, goals for improving the quality of education throughout the state should be continually reevaluated and revised to address advances in technology, fluctuating requirements of higher education, and changing workforce needs of the state; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING that before the first day of the 2018 Regular Session, the Secretary of the Department of Early Childhood Education, State Superintendent of Education, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, and the presidents of the public institutions of higher education in the state shall produce and submit to the Chair of the House Education Policy Committee and the Chair of the Senate Education and Youth Affairs Committee, plans that include objectives, strategies, indicators, and benchmarks for education in the state to satisfy the following goals, as applicable, before the year 2021: (1) Increase the availability of voluntary access to Pre-K for all children to 70 percent; (2) Ninety percent of students in the fourth and eighth grades scoring at or above basic level in reading, math, and science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); (3) A 50 percent reduction in remediation rates for high school graduates; (4) A 40 percent increase in industry recognized certifications; (5) A 10 percent increase in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded, and (6) A five percent increase in the number of master's degrees awarded. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be provided to each of the reporting entities so that they are formally informed of our expectations regarding this matter and our firm determination to closely and fully implement goals for improving education in this state.

Rep. Terri CollinsHouse RulesIntroduced4/20/2017
SB0003TRS - RETIREES LUMP SUM PAYMENT. This bill would provide a funded one-time lump sum payment for FY 2017-2018 to be calculated at $2/month for each year of service attained by the retiree or $300 (whichever is greater) for retirees and beneficiaries receiving monthly benefits from the Teachers' Retirement System whose effective date of retirement is PRIOR TO October 1, 2016 AND who is receiving or is entitled to receive a monthly allowance from the TRS on September 30, 2017.

Sen. Gerald DialSenate Finance and Taxation EducationFavorable Report from Senate Committee4/13/2017HB0035
SB0006STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS. Under existing law, a candidate for appointment to the position of State Superintendent of Education is required to be of good moral character, with academic and professional education equivalent to graduation from a standard university or college, who is knowledgeable in school administration, and has training and experience sufficient to qualify him or her to perform the duties of the office. This bill would require a candidate for appointment to the position of State Superintendent of Education to possess qualifications similar to those required of a candidate for the position of county superintendent of education.

Sen. Gerald DialSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced2/7/2017
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 OrrHouse Education PolicyFINAL PASSAGE. Awaiting Governor's Signature4/18/2017
SB0033* STATE GOVERNMENT - ALABAMA ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT. Under existing law, the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act (AAPA) requires an agency to publish in the Alabama Administrative Monthly a notice of intended action prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule. This bill would require the notice of intended action on a proposed rule to contain a statement whether the proposed rule relates to or affects in any manner any litigation which the agency is a party to concerning the subject matter of the proposed rule.

Sen. Tom WhatleyHouse Commerce and Small BusinessFavorable Report from House Committee2/23/2017
SB0057AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER - APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA) INTERVENTION. Under this law, the Department of Mental Health shall have the duties, responsibilities, functions, powers, and authority set forth in this act and as otherwise provided by law, and shall be responsible for the administration and provision of ABA Intervention, as well as the performance and exercise of the duties, responsibilities, functions, powers. The State Department of Education, the Department of Early Childhood Education and other educational entities shall identify children, ages birth through 9 years of age, who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and refer those children to the Department of Mental Health for ABA therapy.

Sen. Gerald AllenSenate Health and Human ServicesIntroduced2/7/2017HB0404
SB0060** LOCAL EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT - ALABAMA MEMORIAL PRESERVATION ACT OF 2017. This bill would create the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017. It would prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of monuments located on public property which have been in place for more than 20 years, and provides a mechanism for the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of monuments located on public property which have been in place for less than 20 years. This bill would also apply to public schools as they are considered to be public property under the definition in the bill.

Sen. Gerald AllenHouse State GovernmentFavorable Report from House Committee4/12/2017HB0099
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 McClendonHouse Education PolicyFavorable Report from House Committee4/11/2017HB0147
SB0088COMPETITIVE GRANTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL K-12 GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILDREN. This bill would authorize the State Department of Education, pending available funds, to offer competitive two-year start-up grants to public schools for the purpose of developing new educational programs for gifted or talented children.

Sen. Arthur OrrHouse Ways & Means EducationFavorable Report from House Committee3/2/2017
SB0092HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR TWO-YEAR OR FOUR-YEAR COURSEWORK. This bill would establish a program to allow eligible 11th and 12th grade students to be admitted unconditionally to any Alabama public institution of higher learning in the state, including public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education and postsecondary technical colleges, community colleges, and junior colleges, to take all courses at the eligible public institution and receive high school credit for the coursework with the goal of completing graduation and high school diploma requirements. This bill would also authorize the Department of Education to pay an institution of higher learning for courses taken pursuant to the program through the lesser of either the actual cost of tuition or the amount the student would have earned for the local school system had the student been in equivalent instructional programs in the school system.

Sen. Arthur OrrSenate Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced2/7/2017
SB0101PROHIBITION OF USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR BALLOT MEASURES. This bill would prohibit public colleges and universities, local boards of education, and public schools from expending public funds to advocate in favor of or against statewide and local ballot measures.

Sen. Arthur OrrSenate Education & Youth AffairsFavorable Report as SUBSTITUTED in Senate Committee2/16/2017
SB0107* STATE GOVERNMENT - ALABAMA ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT - NOTICE OF INTENDED ACTION. Under existing law, the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act (AAPA) requires an agency to publish in the Alabama Administrative Monthly a notice of intended action prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule. This bill would require the notice of intended action on a proposed rule to contain a statement whether the proposed rule relates to or affects in any manner any litigation which the agency is a party to or relates to or affects any judicial decision concerning the subject matter of the proposed rule. In that event, the notice of intended action would be required to give an explanation of how the proposed rule would relate to or affect the litigation or judicial decision.

Sen. Paul SanfordSenate Governmental AffairsIntroduced2/7/2017
SB0118KYLE GRADDY ACT - ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS ON K-12 CAMPUSES. Under existing law, students attending public and nonpublic K-12 schools are permitted to self-administer certain approved medications while on school property and the State Department of Education is required to develop and anaphylaxis preparedness program to recognize, prevent, and respond to severe allergic reactions on public school campuses. This bill would name the self-administration law and the anaphylaxis preparedness program law together as the Kyle Graddy Act.This bill would specifically allow the possession and self-administration of single dose auto-injectable epinephrine by a school student. This bill would also provide further for the definition of single dose auto-injectable epinephrine.

Sen. Tom WhatleyHouse Education PolicyFavorable Report from House Committee4/6/2017
SB0122* STATE EMPLOYEES - MERIT RAISES. This bill would authorize lump sum merit reward payments for certain full-time state employees who have reached the maximum of their assigned pay ranges under certain conditions.

Sen. Arthur OrrSenate Finance and Taxation General FundFavorable Report from Senate Committee2/16/2017
SB0123ALABAMA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT AMENDMENT. This bill would amend the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 and provide further for definitions. It would make income tax credits available to trusts and estates and increase the cap on income tax credits for donations to scholarship granting organizations. This bill would also create a credit against utility gross receipts tax liability for donations to scholarship granting organizations and establish procedures for claiming a credit against the utility gross receipts tax. The bill would further authorize scholarship granting organizations to assist eligible students with qualifying expenses by expanding what is considered a qualifying expense. This bill would also require scholarship granting organizations to obtain audited financial statements annually and would require the Department of Revenue, or its agent, to perform an audit of each scholarship granting organization at least triennially.

Sen. Del MarshHouse Ways and Means EducationFavorable Report as AMENDED in House Committee4/11/2017House Committee AMD
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 OrrHouse Ways & Means EducationPASSED SENATE. Assigned to House Committee4/4/2017HB0171Spreadsheet
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 MelsonFINAL PASSAGE Awaiting Governor's signature3/16/2017
SB0139** LOCAL EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT– DISPLAY OF TEN COMMANDMENTS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR PROPERTY OWNED BY THE STATE [C/A].. This bill proposes an amendment to the Alabama Constitution which would provide that property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments and that the right to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body is not restrained or abridged. This bill would also provide that every person would be at liberty to worship according to his or her own conscience; and that no person would be compelled to attend or support a place of worship or a minister. This bill would also provide that the civil and political rights, privileges, and capacities of no person may be diminished or enlarged on account of his or her religious beliefs. This bill would prohibit the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment.

Sen. Gerald DialSenate Constitution Ethics and ElectionsIntroduced2/9/2017HB0486
SB0141* STATE EMPLOYEES - EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION. This bill would prohibit discrimination against a certain state employee or prospective state employee on the basis of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or age. This bill would also provide that a violation of this act does not authorize a state employee or prospective state employee to pursue a private cause of action against the state or any state employee.

Sen. Bobby SingletonSenate Governmental AffairsIntroduced2/9/2017
SB0147CHILDREN 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.

Sen. Trip PittmanSenate Finance and Taxation General FundIntroduced2/9/2017HB0178
SB0153ALABAMA NETWORK OF STATEWIDE WORKFORCE AND EDUCATION-RELATED STATISTICS (ANSWERS) - LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEM. This bill would establish the Alabama Network of Statewide Workforce and Education-Related Statistics (ANSWERS) for Alabama, a data system to be developed, operated, and maintained by the Alabama Office of Education and Workforce Statistics within the Department of Labor. This bill would also establish an advisory board to the Office of Education and Workforce Statistics to oversee the development and operation of the system and to establish the research agenda of the office.

Sen. Bobby SingletonSenate Governmental AffairsFavorable Report from House Committee2/14/2017HB0097Committee AMD for HB0097
SB0159EDUCATION RETIREES' TRUST FUND FOR COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCES FUNDING ACT OF 2017. The Legislature of Alabama has determined that it would be advisable for the state to create an irrevocable trust whereby the state may begin funding cost of living allowances for Alabama retired education employees. Therefore, the State and the Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Control are authorized and directed to create the irrevocable trust to be named the "Education Retirees' Trust Fund for Cost of Living Allowances," which shall be created, funded, and administered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

Sen. Tom WhatleyHouse Ways and Means EducationPASSED SENATE - Assigned to House Committee3/9/2017
SB0164HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS - CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.Under existing law, a health benefit plan is required to offer coverage for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder for a child age nine or under for certain defined group insurance plans and contracts. This bill would require health benefit plans to cover the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder for a child age nine or under for certain insurance plans and contracts.

Sen. Tom WhatleySenate Banking and InsuranceIntroduced2/9/2017
SB0179ALL PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS' ASSOCIATIONS ACCESS. This bill would require a public school district or any employee of a public school district to grant all professional educators' associations the same level of access to employees of the public school district.

Sen. Shay ShelnuttHouse Education PolicyFavorable report from House Committee4/20/2017
SB0182* STATE GOVERNMENT – CONTRACT REVIEW PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. Under existing law, the Contract Review Permanent Legislative Oversight Committee is required to review within a 45-day period a proposed contract or letter of intent to contract for personal or professional services paid by a state warrant. This bill would clarify that the 45-day review period would not begin until all information required by the committee is provided to the committee, and would provide that a committee request for additional information would extend the period of review for an additional 45 days.

Sen. Bill HoltzclawSenate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic DevelopmFavorable Report from Senate Committee2/23/2017
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 HoltzclawHouse Military & Veteran's AffairsPASSED SENATE. Assigned to House Committee4/11/2017
SB0217* STATE EMPLOYEES – EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM BOARD OF CONTROL. This bill would revise the membership of the Board of Control of the Employees' Retirement System of Alabama.

Sen. Clyde ChamblissSenate Governmental AffairsIntroduced2/16/2017HB0295
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.

Sen. Phil WilliamsHouse Technology and ResearchFavorable Report as AMENDED House Committee4/13/2017HB0270House Committee AMD
SB0221DRIVER’S EDUCATION COURSES – DROWSY DRIVING. This bill would require the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency to include information on the dangers of drowsy driving in the Alabama Driver's Manual and other licensing examination materials issued pursuant to its rules. This bill would also require the State Department of Education to include instruction on the dangers of drowsy driving in its approved driver's education courses.

Sen. Jimmy HolleyHouse Public Safety and Homeland SecurityPASSED SENATE - Assigned to House Committee3/16/2017
SB0230ALABAMA SHARED REVENUE FUND. This bill provides for the establishment of the Alabama Shared Revenue Fund and provides for the distribution of the proceeds of the shared revenue sources of the Education Trust Fund and the State General Fund initially into this fund to be allocated to the Education Trust Fund and the State General Fund based upon the percentages established in this bill.

Sen. Paul SanfordSenate Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced2/23/2017
SB0258TEACHING CERTIFICATES APPLICATION FEE. Under existing law, a public education employee is required to pay an application fee for the initial application for and each renewal of a teaching certificate. This bill would require that the application fee only be paid for the initial application for a teaching certificate.

Sen. Gerald AllenSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced2/28/2017
SB0267COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS TO BE APPOINTED. Under existing law, a county superintendent of education may be elected if authorized under a local law or amendment to the Alabama Constitution. This bill would require all county superintendents to be appointed by the county board of education, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution of Alabama. The provisions of this law shall apply at the expiration of the term of office of any elected county superintendent of education or upon a vacancy occurring in the office of an elected county superintendent of education occurring before the expiration of his or her term of office and after January 1, 2021.

Sen. Dick BrewbakerSenate Education & Youth AffairsFavorable Report from Senate Committee3/9/2017HB0350
SB0269* STATE EMPLOYEES - RETIREES LUMP SUM PAYMENT. This bill would provide a funded one-time lump sum payment for FY 2017-2018 to be calculated at $2/month for each year of service attained by the retiree or $300 (whichever is greater) for retirees and beneficiaries receiving monthly benefits from the Employees' Retirement System whose effective date of retirement is PRIOR TO May 1, 2017 AND who is receiving or is entitled to receive a monthly allowance from the ERS on November 30, 2017.

Sen. Gerald DialSenate Finance and Taxation General FundIntroduced3/2/2017HB0342
SB0278REQUIRING 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.

Sen. Dick BrewbakerHouse Education PolicyFavorable Report from House Committee4/20/2017HB0381
SB0287SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION - ADVANCEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY FUND (ALABAMA AHEAD ACT). This bill makes a supplemental appropriation from the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund to the public institutions of higher education in the amount of $15,089,140 and to the Department of Education in the amount of $41,297,782 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 (FY '2017). Distributions are to be made according to the technology priorities found in the Alabama Ahead Act.

Sen. Gerald DialSenate Finance and Taxation EducationFavorable Report from Senate Committee3/15/2017
SB0288NOTICE REQUIREMENT BEFORE TERMINATING TEACHING CONTRACT. Under existing law, a tenured K-12 or postsecondary education employee may not terminate his or her employment within the 30 calendar days prior to the beginning of a school term and is required to provide five days written notice at any other time. This bill would provide that the law applies to all K-12 teachers and would increase the time frame required for a teacher to give notice before terminating his or her employment at any other time of the year from five to 30 days. This bill would also delete the requirements for postsecondary education employees.

Sen. Gerald DialSenate Education & Youth AffairsFavorable Report from Senate Committee4/13/2017HB0384
SB0290ALABAMA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT – STUDENTS WITH DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS. Under existing law, the Alabama Accountability Act provides a means for K-12 students who are enrolled in or assigned to attend failing public schools to transfer to non-failing public schools, under certain conditions. This bill would authorize public non-failing schools who have accepted and enrolled students from failing schools, with due process, to rescind the transfer of those students who create discipline or conduct problems.

Sen. Rusty GloverSenate Finance and Taxation EducationFavorable Report from Senate Committee4/13/2017
SB0296MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING. Under existing law, each school system, to the extent funds are available, must implement policies for suicide prevention programs. This bill would require the training of public school educators in mental health first aid and in the detection of students at risk of committing suicide or with other mental or emotional disorders.

Sen. Billy BeasleySenate Education & Youth AffairsFavorable Report as AMENDED in Senate Committee4/13/2017Senate C
SB0300CHARTER SCHOOLS – ALABAMA SCHOOL CHOICE AND STUDENT OPPORTUNITY ACT AMENDMENTS. Under current law, the 10 members of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission are currently appointed by the State Board of Education from a list of nominees recommended by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives. This bill would remove the State Board of Education as the appointing authority and as the terms of the current commission members expire, the appointing authorities would reside with the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This bill would also authorize the commission to employ necessary staff. Under existing law, a public charter school may be authorized only by a local school board or the Alabama Public Charter School Commission. This bill would require the State Department of Education to annually publish a list of registered local authorizers and would allow an applicant to apply directly to the commission if a particular school system is not listed. This bill would provide further for deadlines on the statewide timeline for local authorizer applications. This bill would also permit authorizers to encourage proposals that include a specific academic approach or theme. This bill would increase the length of time during which an authorizer and the governing board of an approved public charter school are required to execute a charter contract from 60 to 120 days. This bill would also revise provisions relating to operational funding of public charter schools and would require the forwarding of certain state funds by the department to the public charter school on a monthly basis in lieu of a quarterly basis.

Sen. Del MarshSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced3/14/2017HB0245
SB0307SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION - ADVANCEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY FUND. This bill makes a supplemental appropriation from the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund to the public institutions of higher education in the amount of $15,089,140 and to the Department of Education in the amount of $41,297,782 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 (FY '2017).

Sen. Arthur OrrSenate Finance and Taxation EducationFavorable Report as SUBSTITUTED from Senate Committee3/15/2017HB0198
SB0314HIGH PERFORMANCE PRINCIPALS [ELEMENTARY] PROGRAM. - This bill would establish the High Performance Principals Program as a financial incentive program to provide incentives to elementary school principals who improve student achievement.

Sen. Dick BrewbakerSenate Education & Youth AffairsFavorable Report from Senate Committee4/13/2017
SB0321** EDUCATION EMPLOYEES - OPTION #5 - STATE EMPLOYEES – PARTIAL LUMPSUM [RETIREMENT] OPTION PLAN. This bill would create an additional option for certain retirees of the Teachers' Retirement System and the Employees' Retirement System to elect to receive a lump-sum cash payment equal to and in lieu of a portion of his or her retirement allowance, not to exceed 50 percent. It also established the Alabama Pension Authority to issues bonds to fund the PLOP to be repaid based on the savings accrued from the decreased annual required contribution obligations of the state to the TRS and the ERS.

Sen. Bill HightowerSenate Finance and Taxation EducationFavorable Report as SUBSTITUTED in Senate Committee4/13/2017HB0356
SB0339REMOVE ST. SUPT OF ED - UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA BD OF TRUSTEES. Under existing law, the University of North Alabama is under the management of a board of trustees. This bill would revise the membership of the board to replace the State Superintendent of Education with an at-large member appointed from within or outside of the state.

Sen. Larry StuttsSenate Education & Youth AffairsFavorable Report from Senate Committee4/13/2017
SB0354SCHOOL EMPLOYEE SEXUAL OFFENSE – PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. Under existing law, the Students First Act of 2011 provides due process procedures for the discipline and termination of employment of public K-12 teachers and employees. This bill would repeal an earlier provision of law that provides conflicting procedures for school employees charged with certain sexual crimes against students.

Sen. Trip PittmanSenate Education & Youth AffairsFavorable Report from Senate Committee4/13/2017HB0493
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 SandersSenate Local LegislationIntroduced4/20/2017
SB0380“IN GOD WE TRUST” MOTTO DISPLAY. This bill would authorize the display of the national motto "In God We Trust" in or on any public building or public school in the state.

Sen. Gerald DialSenate Governmental AffairsIntroduced4/20/2017HB0483
SB0381** EDUCATION EMPLOYEES AND STATE EMPLOYEES - DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN (DROP) RE-OPENED. Existing law provides for the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), which contractually allows a member of the Employees' Retirement System (ERS) or the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) to continue employment with his or her employer for a specific period of time, while deferring a portion of his or her retirement allowance until the end of the participation period, at which time the member withdraws from his or her service. Existing law provides that participation in DROP is prohibited after March 24, 2011. This bill would reopen participation in the DROP program and would further provide options for Tier I and Tier II members to participate in DROP.

Sen. Shay ShelnuttSenate Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced4/20/2017HB0532
SB0388ANNUAL AUDITS - LOCAL COUNTY BOARDS OF EDUCATION. Under existing law, city boards of education are authorized under certain circumstances to employ certified public accounting firms, in lieu of the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, to perform required annual financial audits. This bill would also authorize county boards of education to employ certified public accounting firms, in lieu of the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, to perform required annual financial audits under certain circumstances.

Sen. Tim MelsonSenate Health and Human ServicesIntroduced4/20/2017
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 HolleySenate RulesFavorable Report from Senate Committee4/13/2017