The last day of the 2021 Regular Session is over. And unlike some final days, this was not a quiet one.
In this week’s Top 6, we’ve got all the big updates.
1. Balance of power/emergency order bill fails in dramatic fashion.
2. Ivey signs medical marijuana bill.
3. Civil asset forfeiture reform wins final legislative approval.
4. Lawmakers approve born-alive abortion survivors bill.
5. Third grade reading law delayed.
6. Transgender and gambling bills die after not being brought up.
A few more things you might want to know:
- The Alabama legislature Monday proactively banned curbside voting, a practice that has not been used in Alabama elections before.
- The bill allowing yoga in public K-12 schools received final approval in the State House and now heads to the governor.
- The legislature also banned “vaccine passports” in the state, prohibiting both private businesses and public entities from requiring customers to be vaccinated before entering a property or receiving a service. If Governor Ivey signs the bill, colleges and universities will not be allowed to ever add another vaccine to their entrance requirements for living on campus, even if the vaccine is approved by the FDA (current Covid-vaccines are only authorized by the FDA for emergency use, not fully approved like the flu shot). That is, unless the law is changed or repealed.
- Though the Regular Session is over, legislators have more work to do this year. A special session on redistricting is likely to occur in the upcoming months. The governor might also call the legislature back in to address prisons or the gambling issue. Regardless, we’ll keep you updated.