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March 25, 2024 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 16th day: 

  • The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee approved several bills, including bills to further provide for the funds the state sends to counties for the feeding of prisoners, and to provide for parental leave for certain state employees following the birth of a child or the placement of a child for adoption. 
  • The House approved bills to authorize the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to regulate the retail sale of certain tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery; to remove the requirement of Domestic and Foreign Corporations to file an annual report with the Secretary of State; to further provide for child-passenger restraint systems; and to provide sales and use tax exemption for certain purchases of diapers, baby supplies, baby formula and feminine hygiene products. 
  • The Senate approved bills to provide for the expungement of records for a person with youthful offender status for a misdemeanor offense; to provide for Occupational Licensing Boards to consider the details of criminal conviction when licensing restricted;  to increase the civil and criminal penalties for employers who violate child labor laws; and to terminate the state retirement benefits for teachers and school employees upon conviction of certain sex crimes involving minors.

Wednesday, a committee day:

  • The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee approved a bill to amend the Alabama Move Over Act and increase the penalties for a violation and to provide criminal penalties under certain circumstances. 
  • The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to require written consent of a parent or legal guardian for any minor to receive a vaccination. 
  • The House Education Policy Committee approved bills to provide a uniform system of procedural due process protections for students facing suspension or expulsion in K-12 public education and to prohibit classroom instruction related to gender identity or sexual orientation to public K-12 schools. 
  • The House Children and Senior Advocacy Committee approved a Senate-passed bill to further provide prohibitions on the possession of an electronic nicotine delivery system by individuals under 21 years of age. 
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a House-passed bill to provide age-verification requirements for the distribution of sexual material harmful to minors through adult websites and platforms. 
  • The Senate County and Municipal Government Committee approved a bill to prohibit certain entities affiliated with China from entering into public contracts with a public awarding authority.

Thursday, 17th day: 

  • The House passed bills to provide state workers eight weeks paid parental leave; to establish a procedure for funding benefit increases for retired workers and educators; and to eliminate the eligibility to work form regarding child labor. 
  • The Senate approved bills to continue the operations of the State Licensing Board for General Contractors; to continue the operations of the Board of Examiners of Assisted Living Administrators; and continue the operations of the Alabama Board of Electrical Contractors.

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