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March 18, 2017

Legislative Session Update, Week 6

A prison bill passed the Senate.  Scaled way back from the bill originally proposed by Sen. Cam Ward, it allows for the state to borrow to build one prison, but only if two other counties agree to build two other prisons.  The state would lease those two prisons.

A $1.84 General Fund Budget passed the House late Wednesday night.  It did not contain a pay raise for State employees who have gone 8 years since their last raise.  Most agencies would receive level funding.  $97 million was set aside for future needs and uncertainties associated with the Affordable Health Care Act.

A bill that would have required church daycare centers to be licensed was pulled by the sponsor, Rep. Pebblin Warren, due to pushback from House colleagues who support the religious exemption.

Pro-Life Day at the State House generated a large focus on discussing and passing legislastion designed to either protect the unborn, preserve the sanctity of human life, or encourage adoption.  HB24/SB145 (Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act, prohibits the state from discriminating against child care service providers);  HB98 (a Constitutional Amendment that provides that the Alabama constitution cannot be defined to confer a right to an abortion of public funding for an abortion);  SB185 (Health Care Rights of Conscience Act,  authorizes health care providers to decline to perform services that violate their religious beliefs).

To date there have been 774 bills introduced during this Session. The Legislature will be on break for the next two weeks and will return to Montgomery on Tuesday, April 4 for Legislative Day 14 of the Session with the Senate convening at 10:00 a.m. and the House at 1:00 p.m.

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