Preliiminary Sine Die Report Alabama LegislatureRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Apr 07 2014 1:00 PM
Preliminary Sine Die Die Report - Alabama Association of County Commissioners
The Alabama Legislature has concluded its 2014 session, without the traditional late night session, adjourning sine die shortly before 8:00 p.m. It was a hectic day, but productive day for counties. The ACCA staff will send out a detailed final report of the session in the coming days, but we did want to let you know tonight that the hard work of county officials and staff have paid off once again this year -- and this day. Four more ACCA priority bills received final passage today and now go to the Governor's office for signature. In fact, the last bill passed this session was HB 400, a major priority for counties this year.
ACCA Bills to Pass Today
HB 136 by Rep. McCutcheon/Sen. Orr -- this is the bill to create a separate board for the Local Government Health Insurance Program.
HB 108 by Rep. Wren/Sen. Blackwell -- this is the bill that will allow taxpayers to file a short form for business personal property taxes and provide for online filing.
SB 317 by Sen. Marsh/Rep. Jack Williams -- this is the bill to ensure that the Lifeline phones are subject to the statewide 9-1-1 service fee in Alabama, which was a priority for ACCA afffiliate, AAND.
SB 400 by Sen. Bussman/Rep. Roberts -- this is the bill to provide that the county commission only set the tax levy in February when there is a change in tax rate, and to ratify past levies of taxes.
Please thank the sponsors of these important bills who worked with dogged determination today to make sure the session did not end without the passage of these bills. And please thank all of your legislators for their support of these bills and the protection of county government in watching carefully to ensure that bills with negative implications were not allowed to pass. Today's agendas in both the House and Senate had several bills that could have negatively impacted counties. However, on our preliminary review it appears that bills were either amended to remove objections or were not allowed to pass.
As noted above, a full report on the session will be sent out in the coming days.