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.
- HB 135 by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, is the Education Trust Fund budget that funds K-12 schools, pre-K, higher education and other education-related services. The House has passed HB 135, and the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee will consider it after this week’s spring break. Arise is monitoring HB 135.
- HB 200 by Rep. Merika Coleman, D-Pleasant Grove, and SB 117 by Sen. Will Barfoot, R-Montgomery, would end driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay fines and fees. The House Judiciary Committee approved HB 200 on Thursday. The Senate has passed SB 117, and the bill is in the House State Government Committee. Arise supports HB 200 and SB 117.
- HB 312 by Rep. Ed Oliver, R-Dadeville, would prohibit the teaching of “divisive concepts” in public schools. The House passed HB 312 on Thursday, and the bill is in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Arise opposes HB 312.
- SB 19 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, would increase the standard deduction and the income cap for the maximum dependent exemption, thereby reducing income taxes for households with low and middle incomes. The Senate has passed SB 19, and the House Ways and Means Education Committee has approved it. Arise supports SB 19.
- SB 43 by Sen. Andrew Jones, R-Centre, would eliminate the state sales tax on groceries and replace the revenue by capping the state income tax deduction for federal income taxes. SB 43 is in the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee. Arise supports SB 43.
- SB 106 by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, is the General Fund budget for Medicaid, mental health and other non-education public services. The Senate and House have passed different versions of SB 106 and sent the bill to a conference committee to resolve those differences. Arise is monitoring SB 106.