The legislature returned last week after taking the previous week off for Spring Break. The legislature met for three days instead of the typical two days. If you followed the headlines, the biggest issue to be considered was a future Alabama lottery. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee consider dueling lottery bills on Thursday. Senator Jim McClendon’s legislation would create a statewide lottery as well as video lottery terminals at the existing approved dog tracks and a facility in Lowndes County. Proponents of McClendon’s bill argue it would create much needed jobs in economically depressed areas. Senator Greg Albritton’s legislation would only create a state wide lottery without the expansion of video lottery. Both bills appeared at a public hearing on Thursday, but the committee did not vote out either bill. Whether you support or oppose a lottery, expect the legislation to slow down both chambers as one bill or the other moves forward.
Another bill of interest to many people in the concrete industry and across the state is SB66 by Senator Jack Williams. The legislation would allow hunters to hunt over bait when hunting deer or hogs. The bill has now cleared the Senate and had its first reading in the House last week. Senator Williams is attempting the legislation for the 3rd straight year.
Bills of Interest to the Concrete Industry
Senate Bill 71 by Senator Arthur Orr was approved by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee last week with a vote of 9-1. The bill would require businesses to sign affidavits stating they use the E-Verify hiring system when applying for a local business license. The companies would not have to complete an affidavit on a yearly basis but would have to provide their federal work authorization number yearly. A recent report by the PEW Charitable Trust shows only 60 percent of Alabama employers are using the E-Verify system for new hires.
The Alabama legislature will return on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.