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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 TourismPrefiled2/7/2017
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 PolicyPrefiled2/7/2017
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 TourismPrefiled2/7/2017
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 TourismPrefiled2/7/2017
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 GovernmentPrefiled2/7/2017
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 EducationPrefiled2/7/2017SB0003
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 EducationPrefiled2/7/2017HB0035
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 AffairsPrefiled2/7/2017