The legislature met for the 16th, 17th, and 18th legislative days of the 30 possible days last week. We are now in the backstretch of the session, with both budgets still awaiting final approval by the opposing chambers. Both budgets are in strong financial shape which should make them relatively easy to pass, but standing in the way are several bills that are sure to slow the legislative process down, and possibly poison the general goodwill seen so far this session. The Senate is expected to address an abortion bill that was carried over last week. The Senate adjourned on Thursday following claims proper rules were not followed after a Senator proposed tabling an amendment to the abortion bill. Cooler heads ended up prevailing but I would not be surprised if the issue reared its head again this week. Expect a lengthy discussion before a full vote of the Senate on the abortion ban. There is still talk of ending the session early when the budgets pass, but this never seems to happen.
Issues of Importance to the Concrete Industry
HB 428 by Representative Joe Lovvorn of Auburn which will provide a $3,000 tax credit for safe room construction in a home cleared the Ways and Mean Education Committee today. The bill now goes before the full House for consideration. The Senate companion bill by Senator Tom Whatley will be in committee tomorrow. We are working with the Alabama Home Builders Association to get this valuable legislation passed to help protect residents of Alabama.
HB 328 by Representative Paul Lee is awaiting final passage this week. The bill would prohibit municipalities from charging business license delivery fees based on trucks in a jurisdiction. In 2017, legislation was passed that prohibited business from requiring business licenses for companies that only delivered to a jurisdiction. The law created a delivery license for companies that sold between $10,000 and $75,000 in the municipality but did not have a brick and mortar store in the city. The law removed all license requirements for a company that delivered less than $10,000 into a municipality. HB328 would clarify that a city cannot charge a delivery license on a per truck basis. Any fees must be based on the entire company.
The Alabama Legislature will reconvene this afternoon.