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AL Capitol BuildingWe’re almost at the halfway point of this legislative session, and our legislators will be on Spring Break the next two weeks, returning on Tuesday, April 4. The most notable accomplishment this week was the House passing of the budget late Tuesday night. It will now go to the Senator for consideration, without the pay raise for state employees promised by the Governor. Additionally, several bills we are tracking had movement this week.

Wednesday the House passed HB 288 by Rep. Margie Wilcox (R-Mobile). The bill would allow the owner of a vessel to purchase one-year distinctive vessel ID stickers, showing support for approved organizations. Half the proceeds would be allocated to Alabama’s state parks. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

HB 328 by Rep. Alan Baker (R-Brewton) passed out of the House County & Municipal Government Committee Wednesday. The bill alters the local governing bodies’ approval process for siting a new solid waste management facility located within the jurisdiction of the governing body. The Senate companion bill, SB 259 by Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette) also received a favorable report in the Senate committee this week.

HB 345 – Historic Tax Credit: Rep. Victor Gaston (R-Mobile) would renew the tax credit for the preservation, renovation, or development of historic properties had a public hearing in committee this week. It is expected to be voted out of committee and ready for debate on the House floor when the legislature returns in two weeks.


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