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Several bills still awaiting action in Legislature - Dothan Eagle: News

Several bills still awaiting action in Legislature

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 3:02 pm

Several local legislators have sponsored bills that still require action in the Alabama Legislature with only three legislative days remaining in the session.

Below is a summary of selected bills and their status as of May 3. The Legislature resumes its session Tuesday.

Rep. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva

Bill: HB495

Summary: Gives any municipality in Geneva County that has a municipal court, city attorney and police department the authority to create a pretrial diversion program.

Status: Passed House 58-0. Awaits Senate action

Bill: HB401

Summary: Under existing law, state employees and public education employees receive compensation when called into active duty status by the United States. This bill would extend the salary differential for local government employees as well.

Status: Passed House 98-0. Awaits Senate action.

Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark

Bill: HB297

Summary: Raises the threshold amount in which cases can be heard in small claims (District) court from $3,000 to $6,000 and gives Circuit and District courts discretion in which court can hear cases in which between $6,000 and $10,000 are in dispute.

Status: Introduced Feb. 19. Still in committee

Bill: HB47

Summary: Provides that only a person or entity who has redeemed property sold at a tax sale may receive the excess paid by a tax sale purchaser; to require that the excess be held in escrow in the county treasury for three years until proper application for payment of the escrow is made; and to provide that the excess shall be paid into the county general fund for use by the county if not claimed within 10 years.

Status: Passed House 94-0. Awaits Senate action.

Rep. Dexter Grimsley, D-Newville

Bill: HB593

Summary: Would authorize a referendum for the City of Dothan on the issue of Sunday alcohol sales for the purpose of off-premise consumption.

Status: Passed House 31-4. Awaits Senate action.

Bill: HB694

Summary: Would authorize a referendum for Newville on the issue of Sunday alcohol sales for the purpose of off-premise consumption.

Status: Introduced May 2. Assigned to Local Legislation committee.

Bill: HB607

Summary: Would require recertification by law enforcement officers relating to the use of deadly force training.

Status: Introduced April 10. Still in committee.

Bill: HB608

Summary: Would require local or state government officials to respond to an open records request from a member of the public within 10 business days.

Status: Introduced April 10. Still in committee.

Bill: HB620

Summary: Would exempt The Ordinary People Society, Inc., (TOPS) from any state, county, and municipal sales and use taxes.

Status: Introduced April 16. Still in committee.

Rep. Paul Lee, R-Dothan

Bill: HB216

Summary: Provides a technical correction to an existing law that now offers a use tax exemption (along with an existing sales tax exemption) for materials and equipment used in the refurbishment of commercial and rotary wing aircraft.

Status: Passed both House and Senate. Awaits Governor’s signature.

Bill: HB515

Summary: Authorize Houston County to levy an additional $1 issuance fee on licenses issued or renewed by the judge of probate.

Status: Passed House 37-0. Awaits Senate action.

Bill: HB187

Summary: Authorizes the Sheriff of Houston County to provide to a law enforcement officer of the sheriff's office, upon retirement, a retired badge and service pistol.

Status: Passed House 33-0. Awaits Senate action.

Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise

Bill: HB670

Summary: Provides flexibility for probate documents to be filed at any courthouse or courthouse annex in Coffee County.

Status: Passed House 26-0. Awaits Senate action.

Bill: HB373

Summary: Allows emergency responders to vote by absentee ballot if called away from their polling places.

Status: Passed House and Senate. Awaits Governor’s signature.

Bill: HB294

Summary: Authorizes the sale and regulation of draft beer and malt liquor in New Brockton.

Status: Passed House and Senate. Awaits Governor’s signature.

Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba

Bill: SB21

Summary: Would provide for the installation of automated detection devices to detect vehicles that illegally pass school buses and to set up a civil enforcement procedure.

Status: Passed out of committee. Awaiting vote in Senate.

Bill: SB380

Summary: Creates the crime of trespass on a school bus in the first degree and establishes it as a Class B misdemeanor.

Status: Still in committee

 

 

 

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