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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
HB0009YOUTH SPORTS ACT-COACH SAFETY ACT. This bill shall be known as the Coach Safety Act and 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 to reduce the likelihood of a child being injured.

Comments: The Department of Public Health shall within 180 days of enactment of this Act, adopt rules, not inconsistent with this Act, for purposes of implementing, enforcing, and administering this Act. This Act shall become effective on the effective date of the rules adopted by the Department of Public Health.

Rep. Jack WilliamsENACTEDACT 2018-4964/4/2018
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. It also requires any activity that is not school business to be approved by the local school board.

Rep. Danny CrawfordENACTEDACT 2018-4103/18/2018
HB0069COMPETITIVE BID LAW / HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING UNITS. This bill further expands exemptions to the state’s public works laws for county and municipal boards of education, community colleges, county commissions, city councils and other local boards by allowing an exemption for the purchase and installation of heating and air conditioning units or systems from an Alabama vendor as part of a purchasing cooperative approved by the Department of the Examiners of Public Accounts.

Comments: This act becomes effective June 1, 2018.

Rep. David StandridgeENACTEDACT 2018-4133/28/2018
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.

Comments: This act goes into effect beginning with the next Fiscal Year - October 1, 2018.

Rep. Bill PooleENACTEDACT 2018-3563/22/2018
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.

Rep. Bill PooleENACTEDACT 2018-4814/2/2018ETF SPREADSHEET
HB0179SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION – ETF ADVANCEMENT & TECHNOLOGY FUND. This bill makes a supplemental appropriation from the ETF Advancement and Technology Fund to the Alabama Community College System in the amount of $2,000,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018 (current FY ‘2018); to the public institutions of higher education in the amount of $15,196,647; and to the Department of Education, the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, the Board of Youth Services School Districts, the Board of Directors of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and the Board of Trustees of the Alabama School of Math and Science in the amount of $41,190,275 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. Of the total amount of $41,190,275, $2,000,000 is earmarked for Teacher Professional Development. This earmarked appropriation shall be used to provide technology tools and professional development services to classroom teachers in an effort to improve instruction and learning gains. School systems are required to submit their requests to the ALSDE for verification and prior approval by the State Superintendent of Education that the use of funds falls within allowable Advancement and Technology Fund parameters. Under the law, the dollars appropriated from the Advancement and Technology Fund can be used for expenses related to: (1) Repairs or deferred maintenance of facilities for public education purposes in the state (2) Insuring facilities (3) The acquisition and/or purchase of education technology and equipment or both (4) Classroom instructional support (library enhancement, classroom materials & classroom supplies, professional development, and technology) (5) Transportation (and fleet renewal) (6) School security measures as a component of a system-wide security plan.

Comments: This appropriation is for release in this current fiscal year (FY '18).

Rep. Bill PooleENACTEDACT 2018-5024/4/2018
HB0194PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE HEALTH CARE ORDER – ALEX HOOVER ACT. (This bill is linked to HB 202) 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 creates the Alex Hoover Act, and: Requires 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; Provides immunity to health care providers who provide, withhold, or withdraw medical treatment pursuant to an Order for PPEL Care; Establishes a temporary task force (with its first meeting to be held no later than June 1, 2018) to work in consultation with the Department of Public Health to establish an Order or Pediatric Palliative and End of Life (PPEL) Care form, and States that an Order for Pediatric Palliative and End of Life (PPEL) Care shall not apply in a school setting.

Rep. April WeaverENACTEDACT 2018-4663/28/2018
HB0202PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE HEALTH CARE PLANS – ALEX HOOVER PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE CARE ACT. (This bill is linked to HB 194) 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 creates the Alex Hoover Palliative and End of Life Care Act, and: Provides 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; Provides immunity to individuals, physicians, and school employees who undertake to follow the directives of a Palliative and End of Life Individual Health Plan; Requires the State Board of Education, in consultation and approval with the task force, to adopt rules for administering Palliative and End of Life Individual Health Plans to be used in a school setting, and Establishes 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. Requires approval from the task force with a vote of at least three-fifths of the task force members. States that the Palliative and End of Live Task Force shall automatically terminate on the date the rules for implementing the Palliative and End of Life Individual Health Plans are certified, but not later than June 1, 2019.

Rep. April WeaverENACTEDACT 2018-4603/28/2018
HB0228** LOCAL EDUCATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT - “IN GOD WE TRUST” MOTTO. This bill shall be known as the National Motto “In God We Trust” Act. It will permit the use of the national motto - "In God We Trust" - in and on public buildings, including (but not limited to) government agencies and office buildings, public school classrooms, courthouses, libraries, and on public vehicles including law enforcement or service vehicles.

Comments: This act becomes effective July 1, 2018.

Rep. David StandridgeENACTEDACT 2018-2723/20/2018
HB0246LEEDS CITY - PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND CITY REFERENDUM [LOCAL LEGISLATION]. This bill proposes to increase by 9 mills the city tax rate at which it may levy and collect. This increase shall be used as follows: 3.3 mills for general municipal purposes, and 5.7 mills paid to the Leeds City Board of Education to be used for general education purposes.

Comments: The provisions set forth in this act shall only become effective upon approval by a majority of qualified electors residing in the City of Leeds. The special election date for the referendum is still to be determined.

Rep. Dickie DrakeENACTEDACT 2018-4613/28/2018
HB0261ALABAMA MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM (AMSTEP). This bill would establish the Alabama Math and Science Teacher Education Program (AMSTEP), administered through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE), to provide loan repayment awards to eligible public school teachers of math or science, or both, in those areas of the state who have qualified teacher shortages as identified by ACHE in consultation with the State Department of Education.

Comments: This act becomes effective July 1, 2018.

Rep. Joe LovvornENACTEDACT 2018-5044/4/2018
HB0307* STATE EMPLOYEES – STATE TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT. This bill states that any travel for which a traveler intends to seek reimbursement from the state under this section shall be fully authorized in writing by the head of the traveler's agency prior to the traveler's departure. The written authorization shall contain the agency head's certification that the traveler's estimated reimbursable travel expenses have been reviewed and approved by the agency head as being necessary. In the case of in-state travel under this section, the agency head shall also certify all of the following in the written authorization: 1. That the person is traveling in service of the state for the purpose of attending or assisting in hosting a convention, conference, seminar, or other meeting of a state, regional, or national organization. 2. That the State of Alabama or person traveling is a dues-paying member of the state, regional, or national organization and has documentation of membership on file. Any travel by an agency head for which the agency head intends to seek reimbursement under this section shall be fully authorized in writing by the Governor prior to the agency head's departure. The Finance Director may establish policies and procedures for assisting agency heads in determining whether travel under this section should be authorized and will be reimbursable.

Rep. John KnightENACTEDACT 2018-2033/13/2018
HB0324ESCAMBIA COUNTY – BOARD OF EDUCATION INCREASE COMPENSATION FOR BOARD MEMBERS [LOCAL LEGISLATION]. Beginning May 1, 2018, members of the Escambia Board of Education shall receive as compensation from the public school funds of the county, $800/per month for attending meetings of the board and transaction the business of the board.

Rep. Alan BakerENACTEDACT 2018-2283/14/2018
HB0366CYBER BULLYING – JAMARI TERRELL WILLIAMS ACT. This bill would expand current law to include student-against-student bullying, intimidation, violence, and threats of violence off school property. It would specifically include cyberbullying and rename the current Student Harassment Prevention Act statute as the Jamari Terrell Williams Student BULLYING Prevention Act.

Comments: This act becomes effective June 1, 2018.

Rep. John KnightENACTEDACT 2018-4723/28/2018
HB0424ETOWAH COUNTY – GADSDEN CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION [LOCAL LEGISLATION]. This bill would allow the Gadsden City Council to call an authorizing referendum election to change the Gadsden City Board of Education from an appointed board to an elected board.

Rep. Mack ButlerENACTEDACT 2018-5654/6/2018
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 SheddENACTEDACT 2018-3423/22/2018
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.

Comments: This act becomes effective May 1, 2018.

Sen. Paul SanfordENACTEDACT 2018-1392/27/2018
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. This bill applies 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.

Comments: This act becomes effective May 1, 2018.

Sen. Gerald DialENACTEDACT 2018-832/13/2018
SB0020DRIVER 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.

Comments: This act becomes effective July 1, 2018.

Sen. Jimmy HolleyENACTEDACT 2018-5454/6/2018
SB0021TEACHERS (TRS) RETIREE BONUSES – 13th CHECK This bill provides TRS Retirees a one-time bonus, $1/per each month of service worked with no cap (take number of years worked and multiply by 12).

Comments: This bill applies only to those TRS Retirees whose effective date of retirement is prior to May 1, 2018. The lump-sum payments provided under this act shall be paid to all eligible recipients by the Teachers’ Retirement System in June 2018.

Sen. Gerald DialENACTEDACT 2018-4934/4/2018
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.

Comments: This act becomes effective June 1, 2018.

Sen. Dick BrewbakerENACTEDACT 2018-2603/20/2018
SB0026ANNALYN'S LAW - JUVENILE SEX OFFENDERS – LOCAL BOARD POLICY. To be cited as Annalyn’s Law, this bill requires that notification provided to a school of a low-risk sex offender be expanded to include notification of the local superintendent of education with jurisdiction over the school. The State Board of Education is required to develop and local boards of education are to adopt a model policy (to be implemented beginning with the 2020-2021 school year) for monitoring juvenile sex offenders in school. The bill also requires that upon notification, the principal, as appropriate, shall follow the procedures and intervention actions detailed in the safety plan created pursuant to the act.

Comments: This act becomes effective July 1, 2018.

Sen. Clyde ChamblissENACTEDACT 2018-3994/6/2018
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 PittmanENACTEDACT 2018-1402/27/2018
SB0101COMPETITIVE GRANTS - K-12 GIFTED & TALENTED CHILDREN. This bill authorizes the State Department of Education to offer competitive grants (according to criteria set forth in the Act) to public schools for the purpose of developing new advanced educational programs for gifted or talented children. The number of schools receiving the grants shall be determined based upon funds available (via an ETF Appropriation) to the State Department of Education during a given fiscal year. The appropriate local board of education shall match up to five percent (5%) of any grant funds awarded.

Comments: This act becomes effective June 1, 2018.

Sen. Arthur OrrENACTEDACT 2018-3993/28/2018
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.

Comments: This act becomes effective May 1, 2018.

Sen. Larry StuttsENACTEDACT 2018-1442/27/2018
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 ShelnuttENACTEDACT 2018-2333/15/2018
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 PittmanENACTEDACT 2018-2643/20/2018
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 allow property belonging to the state 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 to be 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 also provides 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 also prohibit the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment.

Comments: The provisions set forth in this act will become effective if approved by the voters during the next General Election – November 6, 2018.

Sen. Gerald DialENACTEDACT 2018-3893/27/2018
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 (FY '19).

Sen. Clyde ChamblissENACTEDACT 2018-3523/22/2018
SB0194REMOVE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION - UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BOARD OF TRUSTEES [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, and would remove the State Superintendent of Education from membership. It would also delete the requirement that members vacate office at the annual meeting of the board following their seventieth (70th) birthday.

Comments: The provisions set forth in this Act will become effective if approved by the voters during the next General Election – November 6, 2018.

Sen. Greg ReedENACTEDACT 2018-1322/27/2018
SB0212ALABAMA SCHOOL OF CYBER TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING. This bill creates a program to be called the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, which shall be a residential institution located in Huntsville, AL in Madison County, at a site to be determined by the board of trustees. The school may open and formally begin operation with the fall semester of 2020. The school shall be funded by the state from monies appropriated for the school and grants, donations, and funds from any other source including, but not limited to, corporations, individuals, and foundations. The school shall be independent of the control of the State Superintendent, the State Board of Education and any local board of education, except its board of trustees.

Comments: This act becomes effective July 1, 2018.

Sen. Arthur OrrENACTEDACT 2018-4804/2/2018
SB0215* STATE EMPLOYEES – RETIRED STATE EMPLOYEES(ERS) BONUS. This bill provides ERS Retirees a one-time bonus, $1/per each month of service worked with no cap (take number of years worked and multiply by 12).

Comments: This bill applies only to those ERS Retirees whose effective date of retirement is prior to May 1, 2018. The lump-sum payments provided under this act shall be paid to all eligible recipients by the Employees' Retirement System in June 2018.

Sen. Gerald DialENACTEDACT 2018-3553/22/2018
SB0318ALABAMA DATA BREACH NOTIFICATION ACT. This bill establishes the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018 and requires government entities take reasonable security measures to protect and secure sensitive personally identifying information. Agencies will be required to provide notice to the Attorney General, of any verified breaches of security affecting 1,000 or more individuals. It authorizes civil penalties as follows: (1) an amount not to exceed $500,000 for knowingly violating the provisions of this bill; and (2) an amount not to exceed $5,000 per day for each consecutive day an entity fails to take reasonable action to comply with the notice provisions this bill.

Comments: This act becomes effective June 1, 2018.

Sen. Arthur OrrENACTEDACT 2018-3963/28/2018
SB0323AMENDS ETF ROLLING RESERVE ACT – BUDGET STABILIZATION FUND. This bill amends the Education Trust Fund Rolling Reserve Act to allow the Education Trust Fund Budget Stabilization Fund to be used to provide temporary emergency assistance funding to the public schools and institutions of higher education to repair damages resulting from a natural disaster declared by the Governor. This bill also allows for funds in the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund to be used for school security measures.

Sen. Trip PittmanENACTEDACT 2018-5444/6/2018
SB0347JACKSON COUNTY – TVA IN LIEU OF PAYMENTS – REDISTRIBUTION LEGISLATIVE CRITICAL NEEDS FUND [LOCAL LEGISLATION]. Remaining payments in the Jackson County Legislative Delegation Critical Needs Fund shall be redistributed to include $360,000 to be divided equally among the Jackson County and Scottsboro City Schools for providing computers and technology in the classrooms.

Sen. Steve LivingstonENACTEDACT 2018-2703/20/2018
SB0365ROSA PARKS DAY IN ALABAMA. This bill designates first day in December will be designated as Mrs. Rosa Parks Day in Alabama. Counties and municipalities may elect to observe this day as a holiday, but all citizens are encouraged to devote some portion of this day to commemorate the accomplishments of Mrs. Parks. The significance of the day is that it was on December 1, 1955 that Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Sen. Vivian FiguresENACTEDACT 2018-5274/6/2018
SJR043SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION - AMEND AND READOPT ACT 2017-63, SJR52, 2017 REGULAR SESSION, TO RECREATE THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE ON BUDGET REFORM. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, that Act 2017-63, SJR52, 2017 Regular Session, relating to the Joint Legislative Task Force on Budget Reform, is amended and readopted as follows: That a Joint Legislative Task Force on Budget Reform is created to examine the structure and design of the state budgeting process and make recommendations for long-term budget and tax system reforms. (a) The committee is composed of the following: (1) Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette) (2) Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) (3) Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison (D-Birmingham) (4) Sen. Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) (5) Sen. Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) (6) Sen. Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) (7) Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) (8) Rep. Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) (9) Rep. Allen Farley (R-McCalla) (10)Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) (11)Rep. John Knight (D-Montgomery) (12)Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) (13)Rep. Kyle South (R-Fayette) (14)Rep. Rich Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa) (b) Any vacancy shall be filled by appointment. The Speaker of the House shall fill vacancies created by House members. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall fill vacancies created by Senate members. (c) The task force shall evaluate and recommend changes to state budgeting practices including, but not limited to: (1) Adjustments to the budgeting process for the Education Trust Fund and General Fund. (2) Requiring state entities to undergo greater performance and program reviews. (3) Un-earmarking funds in order to provide for greater legislative oversight and appropriating flexibility. (4) Reviewing existing state tax credits, deductions, and exemptions that result in the loss of approximately $4.5 billion in revenue to our state budgets each year, and creating a policy to ensure that future tax credits effectively provide economic gain to the state. (5) Identifying areas to provide tax relief to Alabama families without significantly impacting state budgets. (d) The task force shall meet periodically as determined by the co-chairs and shall report its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Legislature not later than the 15th legislative day of the 2019 Regular Session, whereupon the task force shall stand dissolved and discharged of any further duties and liabilities.

Sen. Clyde ChamblissENACTEDACT 2018-1342/27/2018
SJR113SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION - URGING THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH TO ENCOURAGE ALL SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN A SCHOOL BASED VACCINATION PROGRAM. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Education strongly urges all public K-12 schools to participate annually in ACIP/ADPH recommended vaccination program with the following attributes: (1) The program shall be run entirely by health care providers or community immunizers, or both. (2) Health care providers and community immunizers shall be responsible for ordering vaccines for children (VFC) through the ADPH and for purchasing non-VFC vaccines from manufacturers. (3) Health care providers and community immunizers shall be responsible for acquiring insurance information and making application for the administration of the vaccine to the appropriate public or private insurer. Reimbursement to providers shall be determined under the terms and conditions of each individual insurance benefit plan. (4) No child, regardless of insurance, shall be refused a vaccine. (5) Clinics must be provided at no cost to the family or school system. (6) No deductible or copay shall be charged by the provider. (7) The program shall be designed to administer vaccines consistent with the recommendations of the ACIP. (8) All vaccinations must be entered into the state registry (IMMPRINT) by the provider. (9) The program may be implemented by any willing provider with the ability to order, transport, and administer VFC and non-VFC vaccines. (10) Only federal Food and Drug Administration approved vaccines may be used in the program. (11) Individual student participation shall be voluntary and the vaccine shall be administered to a student with the written consent of the parent or legal guardian of the student. (12) Information about the school-located vaccination clinic, current Vaccine Information Statement applicable, and student/parent information guide provided to each student at the beginning of each school year. (13) The program may not restrict the discretion of a health care provider, or community immunizer, or both, to administer vaccines approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for use in the pediatric populations. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution shall be provided to the Alabama Department of Public Health and the State Board of Education.

Sen. Gerald DialENACTEDACT 2018-4183/29/2018