We’re back with our weekly legislative recap! Let us know what you think about the new format and of what’s going on in Montgomery!
In this week’s Top Six, we take a look at two bills that passed with API’s support, the gambling bill, and more.
1. Two of API’s RESTORE Alabama Plan bills get final passage.
2. A lottery and gambling bill (with a lot of problems) was filed and debated.
3. Separation of powers bills need more movement.
4. Wine and Beer: Coming to a Front Porch Near You
5. Remember civil asset forfeiture? It’s back, and in a bipartisan way!
6. Ban on transgender surgery for minors passes Senate committee.
Other things that you might want to know about:
- After two weeks in the State House, the Alabama legislature is taking a week-long break to consider its Covid protocols and whether or not the novel coronavirus is spreading while they are in session. Legislators have been included in the next vaccine phase for Alabama’s notoriously slow vaccine rollout. Legislators will return to the State House on February 23rd.
- A bill that would repeal the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act has been sent to a subcommittee. We’ll keep you updated if this moves.
- House Bill 192, sponsored by Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) and Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper), passed. The bill updates the state’s economic development incentives. The governor is expected to sign it shortly.