Welcome to 2010, welcome to the NEW Alabama Politics blog, and welcome to a new legislative session. This general session is the final session in the quadrennium that began in 2006. Governor Riley who is technically a “lame duck”, since he cannot run for reelection in 2010, will presumably prove that he is nothing close to lame this session. Governor Riley is expected to call for a ban on PAC to PAC transfers and tougher ethics legislation for the 4th year in a row. We should also see Charter School legislation heavily supported by the administration.
What should we expect from those on the other side of the ticket? The democratic lead House and Senate is expected to introduce legislation to end taxes on groceries. We should also see legislation to tax and regulate existing gambling in Alabama. Senator Lowell Barron (D) is already stating that he wants to take $1 billion dollars from the state savings account to spend on road and bridge construction.
As we have seen in the past, the Alabama Legislature can be anything but predictable which always proves to be entertaining. Make sure to stay connected with this blog. We will keep you up to date on the happenings from the Alabama House and Senate. Also follow our twitter feed, AlabamaPolitics.
Interested in some hot topic legislation that didn’t pass in last year’s legislative session? Here are some popular bills from the 2009 legislative session that never had a chance for a signature or veto from Governor Riley. I expect to see all of these bills during the 2010 legislative session.
1. Grocery Tax: Legislation that would remove or adjust taxes on groceries died on the floor of the House of Representatives and in committee in the Senate.
2. Smoking Ban: Legislation that would prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment died on the Senate floor.
3. Gambling (Sweet Home Alabama Bill): Legislation that would establish and regulate bingo in certain counties died on the House and Senate floors.
4. Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program (PACT): Legislation that would aid the PACT program died in both houses, however the House and Senate passed a resolution that would have the Retirement Systems of Alabama conduct an actuarial study of the financial issues of the PACT program and give recommendation to the Governor and Legislature.
5. PAC to PAC transfers: Legislation that would prohibit transfers from one political action committee to another passed the House but died in committee in the Senate.
6. Ethics: Legislation that would strengthen Alabama’s ethics laws for elected officials in the state of Alabama and give the ethics commission subpoena power died on the House floor.
7. DUI Laws Strengthened: Legislation that would strengthen the laws and consequences of receiving a DUI passed the House but died on the Senate floor.
8. Texting while driving ban: Legislation that would prohibit text messaging while operating a motor vehicle on a public street, road or highway passed the House but died in committee in the Senate.
9. Voter ID: Legislation that would require a photo ID to vote in an election died in committee in both houses
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