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March 7, 2022


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Arise legislative recap: March 7, 2022

Arise's Celida Soto Garcia discusses the problems with SB 156, a bill that would deny SNAP food assistance to Alabamians who fail to “cooperate” or “comply” with child support orders or collection services. The bill could come up for a Senate vote this week. Celida also discusses Arise's upcoming Untax Groceries Rally, scheduled for March 15 in Montgomery.

Alabama Arise: Tell your state senator: Vote NO on harmful limits to food assistance

SB 156 would deny SNAP food assistance to people who fail to "cooperate" or "comply" with child support orders or collection services. This would take food off the tables of already struggling families, potentially including custodial parents, sending them even deeper into poverty. That's why SB 156, though perhaps well-intentioned, would be a step in the wrong direction for Alabama. Take a moment to ask your state senator to vote NO on this bill.

Alabama Arise Action: Register to attend the Untax Groceries Rally on March 15!

Food and other necessities should not be taxed. We have an opportunity to help families make ends meet and protect funding for public schools. Please join us for a rally to support removing the state sales tax on groceries in Alabama on Tuesday, March 15, from noon to 1 p.m. on the State House steps in Montgomery. Register and find more information at the link below. 

Alabama Arise: Tell your state senator to untax groceries!

Please take a minute TODAY to urge your state senator to untax groceries by voting YES on SB 43 by Sen. Andrew Jones. Alabama's state sales tax on groceries is a cruel tax on survival. This tax drives struggling people deeper into poverty and makes it harder for families to make ends meet, particularly in these times of rising food prices. You can help end the tax on groceries and protect public schools by calling your state senator today and asking them to vote YES on SB 43.

WAFF: New bills would get rid of state grocery tax

It's time for our state to seize the opportunity to eliminate our unjust sales tax on food. WAFF 48 in Huntsville highlights the potential for legislators to help Alabama families save money during every trip to the grocery store.

Alabama Political Reporter: Poll: More than seven in 10 Alabama voters support Medicaid expansion

Alabama Arise released poll results last month showing the incredible popularity of Medicaid expansion across political and geographic lines in Alabama. "Voters support Medicaid expansion because it is a tremendous opportunity to create jobs, protect rural hospitals and provide life-saving care," Arise campaign director Jane Adams said of the results.


Alabama Arise: Fact sheets on Arise's 2022 issue priorities

Arise policy analysts dutifully follow the Legislature to assess the bills that would have the greatest effect on marginalized Alabamians. They also produce helpful fact sheets to help explain the complicated policies behind critical issues to the public and lawmakers alike. Check them out to learn more about issues shaping your community. 

Cover Alabama: Collecting postpartum stories

Arise's Cover Alabama campaign is collecting stories from Alabama mothers about their obstacles when becoming a new mom. Our goal is to gather these stories and highlight the ways that lawmakers can make life easier for new parents, including but not limited to increasing health care coverage and access to providers statewide. Please consider sharing your story with our story collector Whit Sides, especially if you had Medicaid coverage or could have benefited from it. Feel free to provide as much or as little detail as you're comfortable sharing.

Alabama Arise: LIVE BLOG: Alabama’s 2022 legislative session

Stay up to date with the 2022 legislative session. Our website has a live feed of Alabama Arise’s Twitter account, which will display information related to our 2022 issue priorities as well the latest news from our staff and members of the media.

Bills we're watching

  • HB 200 by Rep. Merika Coleman, D-Birmingham, would end driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay fines and fees. The House Judiciary Committee will consider HB 200 on Wednesday. Arise supports HB 200.
  • SB 106 by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, is the General Fund budget for Medicaid, mental health and other non-education public services. The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee will consider SB 106 and accompanying bills on Wednesday. Arise is monitoring these budget bills.
  • SB 292 by Sen. Will Barfoot, R-Montgomery, and HB 312 by Rep. Ed Oliver, R-Dadeville, would prohibit the teaching of “divisive concepts” in public schools. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee will consider SB 292 on Tuesday, and the House State Government Committee will consider HB 312 on Wednesday. Alabama Arise opposes SB 292 and HB 312.
  • SB 293 and SB 294 by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, are two recently introduced casino gambling and lottery bills. The Senate Tourism Committee will consider SB 293 and SB 294 on Wednesday. Arise has no position on SB 293 or SB 294.

Alabama Arise tracks legislation related to our members' interests. You can find our Bills of Interest here.


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