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2018 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
HB0001** EDUCATION EMPLOYEES AND STATE EMPLOYEES - DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN (DROP) - REVISED. This bill would reopen participation in the DROP program with revised options for Tier I and Tier II members in the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Rep. Tommy HanesHouse Ways and Means General FundIntroduced1/9/2018SB0002
HB0009YOUTH SPORTS PERSONNEL - COMPLETE YOUTH INJURY MITIGATION COURSE. This bill would require that any unpaid or volunteer coach or trainer affiliated with a youth athletics association of the state or a political subdivision of the state that sponsors or conducts any high risk youth athletics activity where there is a likelihood that a child or youth may sustain a serious injury be required to take a course providing information to reduce those risks.

Rep. Jack WilliamsHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/9/2018
HB0012COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION - ADDITIONAL EMPLOYMENT. 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, 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 CrawfordHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/9/2018
HB0013NOTICE FOR TERMINATING EMPLOYMENT. Under existing law, a tenured K-12 or postsecondary education employee may not terminate his or her employment within 30 calendar days prior to the beginning of a school term and is required to provide 5 days written notice at any other time. The bill also would delete requirements for postsecondary employees. This bill would apply to all K-12 teachers and increases the timeframe required for a teacher to give notice before terminating his or her employment at any other time during the year from 5 days to 30 days.

Rep. Bob FincherHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/9/2018SB0014
HB0016 ** LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCIES AND STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT - REPEAL OF THE ALABAMA MEMORIAL PRESERVATION ACT OF 2017. Under existing law, the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017 provides for the preservation of certain architecturally significant buildings, memorial buildings, memorial streets, and monuments on public property, as well as memorial schools. This bill repeals the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017.

Rep. Juandalynn GivanHouse State GovernmentIntroduced1/9/2018
HB0023UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REMOVE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION. 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.

Rep. Phillip PettusHouse Education PolicyFavorable Report as AMENDED from House Committee1/11/2018SB0136House Committee AMD
HB0024PERSONNEL VACANCY POSTINGS - LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION. Under existing law, a local board of education is required to post notice of each personnel vacancy in a conspicuous place at each school campus and worksite at least fourteen (14) days before the position is to be filled. This bill would require the local board of education to post notice of each personnel vacancy on the board website, at a minimum, or in a conspicuous place at each school campus and worksite, at least seven (7) days before the position is to be filled.

Rep. Isaac WhortonHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/9/2018SB0022
HB0027EDUCATION EMPLOYEES DUE PROCESS - SEXUAL CRIMES. 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 Committee1/11/2018SB0028
HB0031COUNTY SUPERINTENDENTS OF EDUCATION - ADDITIONAL EMPLOYMENT RESTRICTIONS REMOVED. 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, 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 CrawfordHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/9/2018SB0153
HB0069LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS - COMPETITIVE BIDS - HEATING OR AIR CONDITIONING UNITS/SYSTEMS. 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 State GovernmentIntroduced1/9/2018SB0056
HB0070SCHOOL BOARD GOVERNANCE ACT - APPLICABLE TO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS. Under existing law, the State Board of Education consists of the Governor, as an ex officio member of the board, and eight members elected from districts. This bill would expand application of the School Board Governance Improvement Act of 2012, to members of the State Board of Education. This bill would add four nonvoting members to the board consisting of the most recent past and currently serving teachers of the year and one student delegate each elected by the then currently serving delegates to Alabama Boys State and Alabama Girls State. This bill would also require the State Superintendent of Education to employ an administrative director to act as a liaison between the superintendent and the State Board of Education.

Rep. Terri CollinsHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/9/2018
HB0095REQUIRE SALE OF UNUSED BUILDINGS - OWNED BY LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION. This bill would require the state, a county, a municipality, or a local board of education to sell to the highest bidder at public auction or transfer to the Alabama Land Bank Authority any building owned by the state, county, municipality, or local board of education that is unused and has been uninhabited for not less than two years.

Rep. Jack WilliamsHouse State GovernmentIntroduced1/9/2018
HB0114PUBLIC SCHOOLS - USE OF BIBLE OR OTHER SCRIPTURE AS PART OF CERTAIN COURSE INSTRUCTION. This bill would enable public school teachers who teach kindergarten through 12th grade to use the Bible or other scripture to instruct students as part of a course on religious history, comparative religions, literature, the role of religion in world history, art, music, or social studies. This bill would also enable a teacher to instruct students regarding religious holidays and religious and secular aspects of religious holidays.

Rep. Lynn GreerHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/9/2018
HB0144** LOCAL EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT– DISPLAY OF TEN COMMANDMENTS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR PROPERTY OWNED BY THE STATE [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT]. 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 ElectionsIntroduced1/9/2018SB0181
HB0145"IN GOD WE TRUST" NATIONAL MOTTO. - 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 GovernmentIntroduced1/9/2018
HB0150* STATE EMPLOYEES – COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE (3%) This bill would provide a three-percent cost-of-living increase for state employees for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018.

Rep. Demetri PolizosHouse Ways and Means General FundIntroduced1/11/2018SB0185
HB0154PAY RAISE (6%) – PUBLIC EDUCATION EMPLOYEES. This bill proposes a six percent (6%) cost-of-living increase beginning with FY 2018-2019 for public education employees.

Rep. Craig FordHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced1/11/2018
HB0174PAY RAISE (2.5%) – PUBLIC EDUCATION EMPLOYEES. This bill proposes a two and one-half percent (2.5%) cost-of-living increase beginning with FY 2018-2019 for public education employees.

Rep. Bill PooleHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced1/11/2018SB0162
HB0175ETF BUDGET - FY '2019. 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, 2019.

Comments: This is the GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDED Budget. This year the budget starts in the House.

Rep. Bill PooleHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced1/11/2018SB0165
HB0179SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION – EDUCATION TRUST FUND ADVANCEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY FUND. This bill makes a supplemental appropriation from the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund to the Department of Education in the amount of $41,190,275 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

Rep. Bill PooleHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced1/11/2018
HB0180SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION – ALABAMA SCHOOL OF CYBER AND ENGINEERING. This bill makes a supplemental appropriation from the Education Trust Fund to the State Department of Education for the Alabama School of Cyber and Engineering in the amount of $500,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

Rep. Bill PooleHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced1/11/2018SB0163
HB0189LEAD-K (LANGUAGE EQUALITY ACQUISITION FOR DEAF KIDS). 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 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. This bill would also state that the act not be interpreted or construed to prefer a specific language or modality.

Rep. Margie WilcoxHouse HealthIntroduced1/11/2018SB0141
HB0191PARENTAL RIGHTS CHILD’S EDUCATION [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT] - This bill proposes an amendment to the Alabama Constitution that would provide that every parent has a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, care and custody of his or her children.

Rep. Matt FridyHouse Constitution Campaigns and ElectionsIntroduced1/11/2018
HB0194ALEX HOOVER ACT – TERMINALLY ILL MINORS. This bill would create the Alex Hoover Act. Under existing law, an adult or a health care proxy for an adult may execute an advance directive for health care or do not resuscitate order. This bill would require the Department of Public Health, by rule and in conjunction with a task force, to establish a form for an Order for Pediatric Palliative and End of Life (PPEL) Care to be used by medical professionals outlining medical care provided to a minor with a terminal illness. This bill would provide immunity to health care providers who provide, withhold, or withdraw medical treatment pursuant to an Order for PPEL Care. This bill would also establish a temporary task force to work in consultation with the Department of Public Health to establish an Order for Pediatric Palliative and End of Life (PPEL) Care form

Comments: This bill is linked to the passage of HB 202.

Rep. April WeaverHouse HealthIntroduced1/11/2018HB0202
HB0202PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE CARE ACT (FOR QUALIFIED MINORS). This bill would create the Alex Hoover Palliative and End of Life Care Act. This bill would provide for Palliative and End of Life Individual Health Plans to be created by school nurses in conjunction with the parents or guardians of a minor with a terminal illness. This bill would provide immunity to individuals, physicians, and school employees who undertake to follow the directives of a Palliative and End of Life Individual Health Plan. This bill would require the State Board of Education, in consultation with a task force, to adopt rules for administering Palliative and End of Life Individual Health Plans to be used in a school setting. This bill would also establish a temporary task force under the supervision of the Department of Education to make recommendations for rules for administering Palliative and End of Life Individual Health Plans to be used in a school setting.

Comments: This bill is linked to the passage of HB 194.

Rep. April WeaverHouse HealthIntroduced1/11/2018HB0194
HB0221CHILDREN 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 $38,460,473 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, 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 2019 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, 2019. 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 WarrenHouse Ways and Means General FundIntroduced1/16/2018SB0177
HB0225ALABAMA JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORMS. This bill would implement the recommendations of the Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force and would substantially revise provisions relating to the juvenile justice system in Alabama. Among many other provisions, this bill would require local boards of education to inform parents of services available relating to absenteeism and other school-related misconduct and would require the Alabama Department of Education to require each local board of education to annually develop, approve, and submit multi-disciplinary agreements in collaboration with community stakeholders relating to appropriate responses to school-based offenses, court referrals, and accountability.

Rep. Jim HillHouse JudiciaryIntroduced1/16/2018
HB0236SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS. This bill would authorize a local board of education to also employ as a school resource officer a person who retired in good standing from a federal or state agency with at least 25 total years of law enforcement experience.

Rep. Phillip PettusHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/16/2018
HB0240UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REMOVAL OF STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT] - This bill proposes an amendment to Alabama's Constitution to specify that the congressional districts continue to reflect those as constituted on January 1, 2018, would remove the State Superintendent of Education from membership, and delete the requirement that members vacate office at the annual meeting of the board following their seventieth (70th) birthday.

Rep. Danny GarrettHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/18/2018SB0194
HB0250FORMATION OF CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM - POPULATION REQUIREMENT. Under existing law, any incorporated municipality in the state with a population of 5,000 or more may establish a city board of education. This bill would increase the minimum population requirement from 5,000 to 25,000. This bill would also require the State Department of Education to determine the financial capability of a city to sustain a school system before the city could establish a city school system. This bill would specify that these changes would not apply to cities that have met the inhabitant criteria under prior law and have executed a formal separation agreement with the county school system before the effective date of this amendatory act. This bill would also require a financially capable proposed city school system to acquire or build its own school facilities, and would permit the city system to purchase existing school facilities from the county for an amount that is agreed upon by both systems in the formal separation agreement.

Rep. Merika ColemanHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/18/2018SB0044
HB0258BIBLICAL THEORY OF CREATION - PUBLIC SCHOOLS. This bill would enable public school teachers who teach kindergarten through 12th grade to include, as a portion of instruction regarding the scientific origins of man and the Earth, instruction regarding the Biblical theory of creation, so long as evolution is also taught. This bill would further allow any teacher who desires to instruct students regarding the Biblical theory of creation to read passages from the Bible in class which he or she deems necessary to propel the instruction forward. This bill would allow a student receiving instruction on both the Biblical theory of creation and evolution to make a determination as to which theory to accept. A student would be permitted credit on course exams if he or she chooses to adhere to the Biblical theory of creation instead of evolution and then answers exam questions according to that system of belief.

Rep. Steve HurstHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/18/2018
HB0261ALABAMA MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM - LOAN REPAYMENT. Existing law does not provide a financial incentive for teachers who earn certification in mathematics or science and accept teaching positions in those areas of the state with shortages of math or science teachers, or both. This bill would establish the Alabama Math and Science Teacher Education Program, administered through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, to provide loan repayment awards to eligible public school teachers of math or science, or both, in those areas of the state determined to have qualified teacher shortages by the commission in consultation with the State Department of Education.

Rep. Joe LovvornHouse Ways and Means EducationIntroduced1/18/2018
HB0264CITY BOARDS OF EDUCATION - ADMISSION TO PUBLIC SCHOOL AGE REQUIREMENT. Under existing law, applicable to ALL public schools, children between the ages of six (6) and 17 years old are required to attend public school. Another provision of law specifies the minimum age for school enrollment based on the age and birthday of a child. Also under existing law, a specific provision relating to city boards of education specifies that children between six (6) and 19 years of age on the date school opens are entitled to admission to city public schools. This bill would delete the specific provisions applicable to city public schools that is contrary and would continue to subject to the same provisions applicable to ALL public schools.

Rep. Steve ClouseHouse Education PolicyIntroduced1/18/2018
HJR027HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION - URGING THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO SEARCH NATIONWIDE FOR THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE ALABAMA SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION. Improving the quality of education throughout Alabama should be the guiding force in this search for new leadership for the State Board of Education, as the identification and recruitment of strong, proven leadership is necessary for Alabama to move forward in its education system. Therefore, the State Board of Education is urged to search nationwide for the most highly qualified person to serve as the Superintendent of the State Board of Education and perform the search and recruitment by any means necessary; and a copy of this resolution shall be provided to the Alabama State Board of Education so that they are informed of the Legislature’s expectations regarding this matter and their firm determination to support new leadership in implementing goals for improving education in Alabama.

Rep. Randall SheddSenate RulesPASSED HOUSE. Assigned to Senate Rules 1/11/2018
SB0002** EDUCATION EMPLOYEES AND STATE EMPLOYEES - DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN (DROP) - REVISED. This bill would reopen participation in the DROP program with revised options for Tier I and Tier II members in the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Sen. Shay ShelnuttSenate Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced1/9/2018HB0001
SB0005* STATE AGENCIES - 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. Paul SanfordSenate Governmental AffairsIntroduced1/9/2018
SB0011EXEMPT SCHOOLS - ALABAMA MEMORIAL PRESERVATION ACT OF 2017. The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017 prohibits certain schools located on public property and erected for, or named or dedicated in honor of, an event, a person, a group, a movement, or military service, from being renamed. This bill would remove the prohibition against the renaming of those schools and would specifically exempt all preK-12, postsecondary, and higher education institutions and facilities from the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017.

Sen. Dick BrewbakerSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced1/9/2018
SB0014NOTICE FOR TERMINATING EMPLOYMENT. Under existing law, a tenured K-12 or postsecondary education employee may not terminate his or her employment within 30 calendar days prior to the beginning of a school term and is required to provide 5 days written notice at any other time. The bill also would delete requirements for postsecondary employees. This bill would apply to all K-12 teachers and increases the timeframe required for a teacher to give notice before terminating his or her employment at any other time during the year from 5 days to 30 days.

Sen. Gerald DialSenate Education & Youth AffairsFavorable Report from Senate Committee1/18/2018HB0013
SB0021RETIRED EDUCATORS' (TRS) BONUS. This bill would provide certain Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) retirees and beneficiaries a funded one-time lump-sum payment of $400 in addition to their retirement allowances.

Sen. Gerald DialSenate Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced1/9/2018
SB0022PERSONNEL VACANCY POSTINGS - LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION. Under existing law, a local board of education is required to post notice of each personnel vacancy in a conspicuous place at each school campus and worksite at least fourteen (14) days before the position is to be filled. This bill would require the local board of education to post notice of each personnel vacancy on the board website, at a minimum, or in a conspicuous place at each school campus and worksite, at least seven (7) days before the position is to be filled.

Sen. Dick BrewbakerSenate Education & Youth AffairsFavorable Report from Senate Committee1/18/2018HB0024
SB0024STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ABOLISHED - [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT] - This bill proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to establish the position of Director of Education as a cabinet level position in lieu of the State Superintendent of Education and to provide for the appointment of the Director of Education by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. This bill would also propose that a Board of Counsel be established in lieu of the State Board of Education and that the Director of Education appoint the members of the Board of Counsel.

Sen. Greg AlbrittonSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced1/9/2018
SB0025MEMEBERSHIP OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION REVISED. In lieu of the elected State Board of Education, this bill would establish a 13-member Board of Counsel and remove the Governor from ex officio membership on the reconstituted and renamed board. The bill would provide for the appointment of the members of the board by a Director of Education, who is appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. This bill would eliminate the position of State Superintendent of Education and provide for the creation of the position of Director of Education as a cabinet level position with service at the pleasure of the Governor.

Sen. Greg AlbrittonSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced1/9/2018
SB0026JUVENILE SEX OFFENDER - NOTIFICATION OF LOCAL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT AND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS. Under existing law, juvenile sex offenders are subject to community notification requirements based on the risk of re-offense, and if the juvenile sex offender is a low risk for re-offense, notification that the juvenile sex offender will be establishing or has established a fixed residence shall be provided by local law enforcement to the principal of the school the juvenile sex offender will attend after release. Also, existing law does not prohibit a juvenile sex offender from attending school with the general school population. This bill would require local law enforcement to notify the local superintendent of education and the local board of education, in addition to the principal, when a low-risk juvenile sex offender is planning to establish or has established a fixed residence within their jurisdiction, would require juvenile sex offenders to notify local law enforcement of any change in school attendance, and would provide that failure to comply with either constitutes a Class C felony. This bill would also require the State Board of Education to develop, and each local board of education to adopt, a comprehensive model policy for the supervision and monitoring of low risk juvenile sex offender students attending school with the general student population and would require alternative educational placement for any juvenile sex offender who is a moderate or high risk for re-offense.

Sen. Clyde ChamblissSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced1/9/2018
SB0028EDUCATION EMPLOYEES DUE PROCESS - SEXUAL CRIMES. 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 Committee1/18/2018HB0027
SB0044FORMATION OF CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM - POPULATION REQUIREMENT. Under existing law, any incorporated municipality in the state with a population of 5,000 or more may establish a city board of education. This bill would increase the minimum population requirement from 5,000 to 25,000. This bill would also require the State Department of Education to determine the financial capability of a city to sustain a school system before the city could establish a city school system. This bill would specify that these changes would not apply to cities that have met the inhabitant criteria under prior law and have executed a formal separation agreement with the county school system before the effective date of this amendatory act. This bill would also require a financially capable proposed city school system to acquire or build its own school facilities, and would permit the city system to purchase existing school facilities from the county for an amount that is agreed upon by both systems in the formal separation agreement.

Sen. Linda Coleman-MadisonSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced1/9/2018HB0250
SB0056LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS - COMPETITIVE BIDS - HEATING OR AIR CONDITIONING UNITS/SYSTEMS. 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.

Sen. Clyde ChamblissSenate County and Municipal GovernmentIntroduced1/9/2018HB0069
SB0101COMPETITIVE 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 OrrSenate Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced1/9/2018
SB0102PROHIBITION 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 Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced1/9/2018
SB0132** EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT – RAINY DAY ACCOUNTS [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT] - This bill proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to repeal the Education Trust Fund Rainy Day Account and the General Fund Rainy Day Account created within the Alabama Trust Fund.

Sen. Trip PittmanSenate Finance and Taxation General FundIntroduced1/9/2018
SB0136UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REMOVE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION. 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 as AMENDED in Senate Committee1/18/2018HB0023Senate Committee AMD
SB0141LEAD-K (LANGUAGE EQUALITY ACQUISITION FOR DEAF KIDS). 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 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. This bill would also state that the act not be interpreted or construed to prefer a specific language or modality.

Sen. Jim McClendonSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced1/11/2018HB0189
SB0148JUVENILE JUSTICE REVISIONS. This bill would substantially revise statutory provisions related to the Juvenile Justice System and require policies for absenteeism and school misconduct to be in place. It would also create a Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Fund.

Sen. Cam WardSenate JudiciaryIntroduced1/11/2018
SB0153COUNTY SUPERINTENDENTS OF EDUCATION - ADDITIONAL EMPLOYMENT RESTRICTIONS REMOVED. 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, 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.

Sen. Tim MelsonSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced1/11/2018HB0031
SB0159ALL 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 ShelnuttSenate Education & Youth AffairsIntroduced1/11/2018
SB0162PAY RAISE (2.5%) – PUBLIC EDUCATION EMPLOYEES. This bill proposes a six percent (2.5%) cost-of-living increase beginning with FY 2018-2019 for public education employees.

Sen. Arthur OrrSenate Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced1/11/2018HB0174
SB0163SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION – ALABAMA SCHOOL OF CYBER AND ENGINEERING. This bill makes a supplemental appropriation from the Education Trust Fund to the State Department of Education for the Alabama School of Cyber and Engineering in the amount of $500,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

Sen. Arthur OrrSenate Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced1/11/2018HB0180
SB0165ETF BUDGET - FY '2019. 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, 2019.

Comments: This is the GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDED Budget. The budget will start in the House this year - see HB0175.

Sen. Arthur OrrSenate Finance and Taxation EducationIntroduced1/11/2018HB0175
SB0177CHILDREN 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 $38,460,473 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, 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 2019 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, 2019. 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 FundIntroduced1/16/2018HB0221
SB0181** LOCAL EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT– DISPLAY OF TEN COMMANDMENTS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR PROPERTY OWNED BY THE STATE [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT]. 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 ElectionsIntroduced1/16/2018HB0144
SB0185* STATE EMPLOYEES – COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE (3%) This bill would provide a three-percent cost-of-living increase for state employees for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018.

Sen. Clyde ChamblissSenate Finance and Taxation General FundIntroduced1/16/2018HB0150
SB0194UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REMOVAL OF STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT] - This bill proposes an amendment to Alabama's Constitution to specify that the congressional districts continue to reflect those as constituted on January 1, 2018, would remove the State Superintendent of Education from membership, and delete the requirement that members vacate office at the annual meeting of the board following their seventieth (70th) birthday.

Sen. Greg ReedSenate JudiciaryIntroduced1/18/2018HB0240