MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Legislature on Tuesday will convene for the tenth day of its 2021 common session.
There can be one committee assembly scheduled for the day, in addition to one subcommittee assembly.
Read about what occurred final Thursday on the ninth legislative day here.
The Alabama Senate will gavel in at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
This will come after the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee meets at 1:00 p.m. The committee’s agenda contains 4 election-associated payments; particularly of observe, SB 235 sponsored by Sen. Dan Roberts (R-Mountain Brook) would ban curbside voting in Alabama. Curbside voting isn’t offered for in Alabama regulation, nonetheless additionally it is not explicitly barred presently.
The committee is additional scheduled to take up SB 259 by Sen. Will Barfoot (R-Pike Road) that might permit the legislature to name itself right into a particular session. The provisions of the bill would require a joint proclamation by the Senate professional tem and the House speaker to name a particular session; a decision carrying the help of two/3 of every chamber would then have to be adopted earlier than enterprise might be taken up in such a particular session. The bill was formally launched final week on the primary legislative day following Governor Kay Ivey’s “herd of turtles” remarks. Between Barfoot and 16 cosponsors, the bill already has the help of an efficient majority of the Senate, which solely has a most of 32 members in attendance thus far this session. SB 259 is a companion bill to Rep. Becky Nordgren’s (R-Gadsden) HB 21, which was prefiled again in October. Her bill is about to be thought of in a House committee on Wednesday.
The House will convene at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Before that, the County and Municipal Government Committee’s Government Service Subcommittee will meet at 11:00 a.m. On that docket is SB 107 by Sen. Chris Elliot (R-Daphne).
The decrease chamber’s flooring motion is about to give attention to a 16-bill particular order calendar, which will be seen here.
Included on that calendar is Rep. Jamie Kiel’s (R-Russellville) HB 103, which would successfully erase the excellence between “essential” and “non-essential” companies throughout a pandemic or different declared emergency.
Also slated for consideration is Rep. Scott Stadthagen’s (R-Hartselle) HB 391; this bill would mandate that public college college students can solely compete in athletic competitions aligning with the gender on their delivery certificates.
Another notable bill on the House particular order calendar is Rep. Paul Lee’s (R-Dothan) HB 249. This laws would cap a medical insurance beneficiary’s value-sharing or co-pay for an insulin drug prescription at $100 per 30-day provide.
Observers can also have an interest to know that Rep. Jeremy Gray’s (D-Opelika) HB 246 is on the calendar; that is the bill that might permit yoga to be provided in public Okay-12 faculties.
Finally, Rep. Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) HB 392 is about to be thought of. This bill would create a proper layer of legislative oversight — and extra transparency — on executive branch contracts, leases and agreements exceeding $10 million.
“It is important that we maintain a system of checks and balances, and the Legislature must be able to access important information about agreements that obligate the General Fund to substantial expenditures,” Jones stated in a Monday assertion. “This bill provides an additional layer of oversight on large executive branch agreements in a manner that is fair, transparent, and, most of all, constitutional.”
Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) said that he helps the bill.
“Whenever an administration enters into agreements involving millions of taxpayer dollars, the Legislature deserves to have its questions answered and any concerns addressed,” McCutcheon stated. “Rep. Jones’s legislation offers a commonsense method of protecting taxpayers and reassuring lawmakers when large sums of dollars are being obligated.”
While it might pertain to objects related to Governor Ivey’s jail plan sooner or later, the laws wouldn’t be retroactive and wouldn’t apply to present contracts, leases and different obligations.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can observe him on Twitter @sean_yhn